Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Polis Rampas CCTV - lepas itu pakai sendiri di Balai? Bukankah salah?

Polis buat serbuan...ambil(rampas) barangan termasuk daripada 'gambling den' - lepas itu pasang dan pakai sendiri CCTV di Balai Polis - Saya percaya ini salah? Inilah apa yang dilapurkan dalam media baru-baru ini...(Mungkin kesilapan lapuran?) 

"The previous OCS installed a CCTV system as a measure to scare the officers as there were a few who were stealing things. He installed it with his own initiative and even took a few CCTV cameras from the gambling dens they raided here," said Harun[Asst Supt Harun Abu Bakar], who took over as station chief in January.
Bila polis menyerbu dan ambil barangan daripada tempat yang disyaki telah berlaku jenayah, atau daripada individu yang disyaki melakukan jenayah, ianya adalah untuk tujuan penyiasatan sahaja - tak boleh ambil barang orang, selepas itu pakai sendiri atau jual pada orang lain...atau simpan terus...


Barang yang rampas itu mesti disimpan dalam tempat khas, di mana semua bukti/keterangan disimpan.

Jika selepas penyiasatan, tidak ada tindakan pendakwaan di Mahkamah, harus dikembalikan semua barangan kepada tuan punya - mungkin bukan barang-barang haram saperti dadah merbahaya, senjata, benda yang dicuri...Tetapi semua barangan lain, yang tak akan digunakan sebagai bukti di bicara harus dikembalikan kepada tuan punya...

Kenapa simpan CCTV - ini juga pelik. Jika simpan 'recording' CCTV, boleh dikatakan munasabah...tetapi 'kamera CCTV'...Ada CCTV di tempat perniagaan atau rumah sendiri bulan salah kecuali CCTV itu bahan curi? barang yang diseludup?

Adakah tuan punya 'gambling den' ini didakwa? Adakah kes itu selesai? Kalau tak selesai, dan kes masih disiasat...mungkin ada sebab untuk polis simpan barangan yang diambil dari tempat yang disyaki berlaku jenayah...?

Akhir bicara, Mahkamah akan memutuskan apa yang harus dilakukan dengan barangan yang dirampas dan dikemukakan sebagai bukti...

Jadi, kenapa CCTV ini tidak dikembalikan? 

Apa yang dikatakan saksi, Asst Supt Harun Abu Bakar, sangat serius - dia dilapurkan menyatakan bahawa OCS(Officer in Charge of Police Station) sebelum ini yang gunakan CCTV yang dirampas untuk Balai Bandar Baru Klang...Sekarang ada tindakan jenayah akan diambil terhadap polis ini?

Apa kata IGP? Apa kata Pendakwa Raya? - Adakah apa yang telah dilakukan ini OK? Bolehkah polis buat sesuka hati barangan yang dirampas semasa serbuan polis?

Lapuran berita ini mengenai satu kes 'mati dalam tahanan polis' - di mana sedih sekali sehingga kini tak ada CCTV yang mempunyai kebolehan rekod...di semua balai polis di Malaysia. Apa macam kerajaan UMNO-BN - bukankah ini satu perkara yang amat diberlukan untuk memastikan salah laku dibalai polis berkurangan...

Sebenarnya, mungkin masa sudah tiba untuk semua polis diberikan CCTV peribadi semasa bertugas...ini akan mengurangkan rasuah dan salahlaku lain dikalangan polis di Malaysia..

Pos berkaitang mengenai penyiasatan EAIC mengenai kematian dalam tahanan, sila lihat

CCTVs with no recording, and no police officers monitoring CCTVS - Death in Custody?



uesday, 6 June 2017 | MYT 4:43 PM

CCTV cameras were dummies, police station chief tells EAIC hearing

PETALING JAYA: The CCTV cameras installed at the Bandar Baru Klang police station were dummies intended to deter thieving officers serving in the station, said Asst Supt Harun Abu Bakar.

The officer in charge of the police station (OCS) said this during the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) hearing to investigate the death of  44-year-old S. Balamurugan who died in custody in the station lock-up.

He was responding to questions from hearing chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam, who had asked what was the purpose of having CCTV cameras in the station when they could only display but not record footage.

Harun explained that the four cameras installed around the station were intended to "warn officers that they were being watched".

"The previous OCS installed a CCTV system as a measure to scare the officers as there were a few who were stealing things. He installed it with his own initiative and even took a few CCTV cameras from the gambling dens they raided here," said Harun, who took over as station chief in January.

He added that the system was effective as only a few officers knew that the cameras in the station could not record footage.

Asked on whether the room which displayed the footage was monitored, Harun said he did not have sufficient manpower in his station and felt that they had more pressing matters to attend to.

"I feel the CCTV system is important and needs to be monitored but we don't have enough people," he said.

Balamurugan died in custody on Feb 8 after he was arrested with two other men and brought to the Bandar Baru Klang station for questioning.

Fellow detainees Ang Kian Kok and K. Tamilarasan had both said they along with Balamurugan were beaten up by an officer named Moganes at the station and their  description of the beatings tallied with post-mortem findings on Balamurugan's body.

The lack of a functioning CCTV camera system in the station has made it difficult for the investigations to take place. - Star, 6/6/2017

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/06/cctv-cameras-were-dummies-police-station-chief-tells-eaic-hearing/#YekmrYyrFeRdgQsH.99

US4.5billion allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB? Apa jawapan Najib dan kerajaan UMNO-BN?

Embarrassing - how some Malaysians are responding to the US Department of Justice recent suit. Hishamuddin talks about asking the US to charge the guilty - so that they can prove their innocence? Another person is raising concerns about the 'complainants' - 'heinous agenda' against the PM. Hello, people can make 'police reports' and  complaints - but then the relevant enforcement authority investigates, and only when they find sufficient credible evidence, they act and file legal suits... Now, please do not try to stop people for reporting possible crimes - they have no obligation to find evidence - they simply bring to the attention of the authorities...to their suspicion - if we demand people to also adduce proof of their allegations...then many will just stop making police reports, etc..In any even, everyone has a right to expression and opinion...

'Hidden agenda' against the Prime Minister - Nope, the agenda, if any in my opinion, is to save Malaysia and Malaysians - its our money out there (maybe even more than 4.5 billion). Is the US stupid? Are all the other nations that have taken actions in connection with 1MDB wrong? Sadly, it is some who just wish that their 'leader' cannot never do wrong - they maybe  blinded by the 'absolute loyalty'? Is it the Opposition behind this - well, sad to say, I do not believe many of these parties do have the capacity to do such an investigation and make complaints...Is it Sarawak Report? Is it WSJ? Investigations have been done. Either way, it is best to wait for the end of these DOJ cases before a final conclusion is made.  

 

1MDB, Kelptocracy dan perkara berkaitan - Tak ada apa-apa tindakan guaman di Malaysia tetapi nampaknya ada banyak tindakan guaman berlaku di lain-lain negara terutama di Amerika Syarikat di mana kini kita telah menerima berita bahawa tindakan guaman telah dimulakan di Mahkamah of Jabatan Keadilan Amerika(Department of Justice - DOJ). 

'...the total identified stolen proceeds to $4.5 billion. This money financed the lavish lifestyles of the alleged co-conspirators at the expense and detriment of the Malaysian people...' - Kenyataan DOJ US, 15/6/2017(lihat dibawah)

Ini bukan lagi dakwaan atau siasatan lagi - tindakan guaman telah difailkan oleh kerajaan Amerika Syarikat - bukan orang perseorangan atau syarikat peribadi. 

1MDB adalah syarikat milik penuh rakyat Malaysia (kerajaan Malaysia) - di mana PM Najib bukan sahaja Penasihat, tetapi juga menteri bertanggungjawab iaitu Menteri Kewangan, serta juga Perdana Menteri Malaysia...

Secara am dan ringkas, tindakan guaman di Amerika mengatakan wang 1MDB, iaitu wang rakyat/kerajaan Malaysia, telah digasak secara salah salah atau bercanggah undang-undang ... di mana tindakan ini juga bertujuan mendapatkan kembali wang rakyat/kerajaan yang telah dilupuskan. Mula-mula satu tindakan guaman, kini sudah 3. Amerika Syarikat boleh merampas duit dan harta hanya dalam bidangkuasa mereka...

APA TINDAKAN MALAYSIA? JIKA BENAR...

- Ini merupakan tindakan yang terus melibatkan Malaysia - kerajaan Malaysia - Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan - 1MDB?

- Jika ada asas berlaku dakwaan 'kleptocracy' atau pencurian wang apa cara pun - MALAYSIA akan terus terlibat dengan Amerika untuk dapatkan balik wang, dan mungkin juga menangkap dan mendakwa mereka yang melakukan kesalahan...Malaysia juga mesti hadhir memerhati penjalanan kes - 'watching brief' - peguambela pihak yang ada kepentingan, memerhati perjalanan kes. Malaysia harus segera dapat kepastian bahawa wang/harta yang dirampas akan seterusnya dikembalikan... Mungkin juga segera dapat perintah Mahkamah untuk membekukan wang/akaun/harta mereka yang disyaki - untuk memastikan semua kekal dalam bidangkuasa Malaysia...

APA TINDAKAN MALAYSIA? JIKA PALSU..

- Ini bukan isu syarikat kepunyaan beberapa orang rakyat Malaysia atau isu seorang rakyat Malaysia - Ini adalah isu Malaysia - kerajaan Malaysia - PM dan Menteri Kewangan Malaysia, Bank Negara, ROC - ini soal Malaysia - TERUS menghantar 'protest note' kepada Amerika Syarikat...yang disusuli dengan tindakan diplomatik sewajar - usir keluar diplomat Amerika, tutup kedutaan Malaysia di Amerika ...Tindakan DOJ adalah tindakan 'kerajaan US' bukan tindakan mana-mana individu/syarikat biasa..

- Terus serahkan aduan kepada UN atau badan lain (lihat apa yang dilakukan Malaysia dalam isu 'North Korea'...lihat juga apa yang dilakukan Arab Saudi terhadap Quatar?)

- Apakah yang akan dilakukan Amerika Syarikat jika Malaysia memulakan tindakan guaman terhadap syarikat milik penuh US - sama sapertimana yang dilakukan US terhadap Malaysia? Tetapi tindakan kerajaan UMNO-BN nampaknya hanya penafian, dan penghalangan aliran maklumat kepada rakyat Malaysia - dan kini juga ugutan terhadap rakyat supaya jangan bincang secara jujur dan terbuka...ugutan akan dikenakan tindakan undang-undang ...Apa yang kita mahu adalah SIFAT TERBUKA, JUJUR DAN AMANAH - jika ada silap dibuat, akui kesilapan dan seterusnya buat apa yang perlu untuk membetulkan keadaan demi semua rakyat Malaysia...???

APA YANG MALAYSIA BUAT?

- 'TUTUP PENYIASATAN' - itu yang dilakukan oleh Pendakwa Raya dalam kes-kes yang ramai fikirkan ada kaitan dengan 1MDB? Dalam apa-apa kes jenayah, pendakwa raya mungkin akan kata tak cukup bukti/keterangan untuk ambil tindakan Mahkamah ...tetapi fail akan kekal BUKA - bila penyiasatan membekalkan bukti cukup...tindakan diambil...

- 1MDB pun dikatakan keluar menyatakan yang tak ada apa yang salah berlaku, dan semua OK - tak ada 'wang hilang' atau 'lupus' secara salah...

- PM dan Menteri kata ini semua 'kerja pembangkang'...

 Ayuh kita lihat beberapa 'response' yang dilapurkan media dan membincangkannya...

Hishamuddin Hussein - Secara ringkas, beliau menyatakan bahawa DOJ harus menuduh orang perseorangan/entiti supaya mereka yang dituduh ada peluang membersihkan nama mereka. Jangan buat kenyataan tanpa mengambil tindakan...

1 - Pihak Amerika bukan sahaja buat kenyataan - tindakan sudah diambil. Mereka sudah failkan 3 tindakan Mahkamah untuk cuba mendapatkan kembali lebih kurang USD4.5billion? Tindakan mahkamah ketiga dimulakan pada lebih kurang 15 June??

DEFENCE Minister Hishamuddin Hussein urged the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to press charges if they have concrete proof of alleged misapproriation of funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). "They should not make multiple statements without taking any actions...."When they do press charges, those who are charged would have the opportunity to clear their names," he said the  at a briefing session of the party's handbook on 14th general election at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)

On June 15 , the DoJ filed a civil action to seize assets worth US$540 million (RM2.3 billion), believed to have been purchased using money siphoned from state investment fund 1MDB. This brings the total amount of allegedly misappropriated funds from 1MDB to US$4.5 billion.

2. Betul, belum lagi ada apa-apa kes jenayah difailkan terhadap mana-mana individu atau syarikat - TETAPI dokumen yang difailkan di dalam tindakan sivil cukup banyak ada dakwaan mengenai individu dan/atau syarikat - semua pihak berkenaan boleh sekarang mencabar dakwaan yang telah dibuat ... Hishamuddin, mereka yang dituduh ...sudahpun ada peluang membuktikan tak ada salah yang berlaku...Saya percaya mereka yang dikatakan terlibat boleh memohon mencelah dalam kes ini, dan kemukakan bukti menyangkal dakwaan DOJ...?

3. Mungkin, Hishamuddin bercakap mengenai Najib Tun Razak - Itu sukar kerana dia Perdana Menteri Malaysia...dan ada 'immunity diplomatik'  yang menghalang US dan/atau pihak pendakwaan US mengambil tindakan guaman/jenayah terhadap Najib sekarang... Mungkin selepas PRU akan datang, dan Najib kalah dan tidak lagi jadi PM...keadaan akan berubah...jika Najib pi Amerika Syarikat, tanpa imuniti diplomatik, mungkin juga akan kena tangkap (tapi kita tak tahu lagi)??? Jika pun ada permintaan US pada masa ini untukl Malaysia untuk menangkap dan hantar Najib (atau mana Menteri) ke US untuk didakwa,  kerajaan Malaysia tidak akan bersetuju?

4. Kedua, biasanya kena tangkap dulu mereka yang disyaki...untuk berbuat demikian, perlu individu itu berada dalam bidangkuasa Amerika... Ada yang kata, kalau US boleh ceroboh negara lain dan tangkap-bunuh Osama, kenapa tak boleh buat sama? Untuk kes jenayah, secara tambahan memerlukan beban bukti yang sangat tinggi...dan ini bukan merupakan dalam kes macam ini ...melihat berapa individu dan syarikat lain terlibat bukan sahaja di Amerika Syarikat tetapi di seluruh dunia.  Lihat kes dadah, yang ditangkap hanya 'mule' atau orang kecil - dapatkah Malaysia sehingga kini tangkap dan dakwa  mana-mana 'Big Bos' drug trafficking? Kes pembunuhan Altantuya pun ramai fikir ada 'Big Boss' yang telah memberikan arahan - tapi sehingga sekarang tak ada yang ditangkap atau dituduh? Kes 'kleptocracy' dan 'money laundering' lebih susah...



Abdul Rahman Dahlan - pula meminta DOJ dedahkan nama pengadu ...jadi MACC dan polis juga harus dedahkan nama semua yang mengadu atau beri maklumat ....Karut dia cakap...'Witness Protection", dsb.. - kalau dia sendiri ada bukti bahawa yang mengadu itu dalah parti PAS/DAP/PKR/BERSATU/PRM - katakan atau buktikan sahaja. Jangan hanya insinuasi sahaja...atau cadangan saja...Semua boleh buat report atau beri maklumat - yang akan mengerakkan pihak berkuatkuasa menjalankan siasatan pastikan sama ada salah laku atau tidak....DOJ Amerika sudah fail 3 tindakan di Mahkamah - di mana dokumen yang difailkan adalah terbuka .... {Jika apa yang didakwa US adalah benar, adakah Menteri ini mencadangkan kita yang ada pengetahuan salahlaku harus hanya berdiam diri....}

“My suspicion is that these complainants are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government...Malaysians deserve to know who these complainants are and the DoJ should reveal their identities,”
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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. Seeks to Recover Approximately $540 Million Obtained From Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund

The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $540 million in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Combined with civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, seeking more than $1 billion, and civil forfeiture complaints filed last week seeking approximately $100 million in assets, this case represents the largest action brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Assets now subject to forfeiture in this case total almost $1.7 billion.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown of the Central District of California, Assistant Director Stephen E. Richardson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Deputy Chief Don Fort of the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement.

According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $4.5 billion in funds belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates. 1MDB was created by the government of Malaysia to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and its funds were intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people. 

“The Criminal Division is steadfast in our efforts to protect the security, safety, and integrity of the American financial system from all manner of abuse, including by kleptocrats seeking to hide their ill-gotten or stolen wealth,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco. “Today’s complaints reveal another chapter of this multi-year, multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme, bringing the total identified stolen proceeds to $4.5 billion. This money financed the lavish lifestyles of the alleged co-conspirators at the expense and detriment of the Malaysian people. We are unwavering in our commitment to ensure the United States is not a safe haven for corrupt individuals and kleptocrats to hide their ill-gotten wealth or money, and that recovered assets be returned to the victims from which they were taken.”

“These cases involve billions of dollars that should have been used to help the people of Malaysia, but instead was used by a small number of individuals to fuel their astonishing greed,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Brown. “The misappropriation of 1MDB funds was accomplished with an extravagant web of lies and bogus transactions that were brought to light by the dedicated attorneys and law enforcement agents who continue to work on this matter. We simply will not allow the United States to be a place where corrupt individuals can expect to hide assets and lavishly spend money that should be used for the benefit of citizens of other nations.”

“Today’s filing serves as a reminder of the important role that the FBI plays in rooting out international corruption. When corrupt foreign officials launder funds through the United States in furtherance of their criminal activity, the FBI works tirelessly to help hold those officials accountable, and recover the misappropriated funds,” said Assistant Director Richardson. “I applaud all my colleagues and our international partners who have worked to help recover an immense amount of funds taken from the Malaysian people, who are the victims of this abhorrent case of kleptocracy.”

“Today’s announcement is the result of untangling a global labyrinth of multi-layered financial transactions allegedly used to divert billions of dollars from the people of Malaysia and fund the co-conspirators’ lavish lifestyles,” said Deputy Chief Fort. “The IRS is proud to partner with other law enforcement agencies and share its world-renowned financial investigative expertise in this complex financial investigation. It’s important for the world to see, that when people use the American financial system for corruption, the IRS will take notice.”

As alleged in the complaints, the members of the conspiracy – which included officials at 1MDB, their relatives and other associates – diverted more than $4.5 billion in 1MDB funds.  Using fraudulent documents and representations, the co-conspirators allegedly laundered the funds through a series of complex transactions and shell companies with bank accounts located in the U.S. and abroad. These transactions allegedly served to conceal the origin, source and ownership of the funds, and ultimately passed through U.S. financial institutions to then be used to acquire and invest in assets located in the U.S. and overseas.

The complaints filed today allege that in 2014, the co-conspirators misappropriated approximately $850 million in 1MDB funds under the guise of repurchasing certain options that had been given in connection with a guarantee of 2012 bonds. As the complaints allege, 1MDB had borrowed a total of $1.225 billion from a syndicate of banks to fund the buy-back of the options. The complaints allege that approximately $850 million was instead diverted to several offshore shell entities. From there, the complaints allege, the funds stolen in 2014, in addition to money stolen in prior years, were used, among other things, to purchase a 300 foot luxury yacht valued at over $260 million, certain movie rights, high-end properties, tens of millions of dollars of jewelry, and artwork. A portion of the diverted loan proceeds were also allegedly used in an elaborate, Ponzi-like scheme to create the false appearance that an earlier 1MDB investment had been profitable. 

As alleged in the earlier complaints, in 2009, 1MDB officials and their associates embezzled approximately $1 billion that was supposed to be invested to exploit energy concessions purportedly owned by a foreign partner. Instead, the funds were transferred through shell companies and were used to acquire a number of assets, as set forth in the complaints. The complaints also allege that the co-conspirators misappropriated close to $1.4 billion in funds raised through the bond offerings in 2012, and more than $1.2 billion following another bond offering in 2013.

The FBI’s International Corruption Squads in New York City and Los Angeles, and the IRS-CI are investigating the case. Deputy Chief Woo S. Lee and Trial Attorneys Kyle R. Freeny and Jonathan Baum of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Kucera and Christen Sproule of the Central District of California are prosecuting the case. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs is providing substantial assistance.

The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is led by a team of dedicated prosecutors in the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, in partnership with federal law enforcement agencies, and often with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, to forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered asset to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office. In 2015, the FBI formed International Corruption Squads across the country to address national and international implications of foreign corruption. Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the U.S. should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail) or https://tips.fbi.gov/.

A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S. - The United States Department of Justice Website, 15/7/2017



DOJ suit: Ministers must stop treating M'sians as brainless

   R Nadeswaran     Published     Updated
COMMENT | Over the past six days, so much has been said and so much has been written, and reported, on the latest filing by the Department of Justice (DoJ) of the United States. Opinions on the 1Malaysia

Development Bhd (1MDB) – some unsolicited and others prompted – have clouded the space and airtime in both the print and electronic media.

So many people have said so many things – some bird-brained theories, some wayward questions and many incomprehensible statements. But above all, Malaysians can take consolation that they were a handful of intelligent analysis and positive examination of the issues.

However, the statements of two ministers leave the intrepid reader, listener, and viewer wondering: “what is going on?” At least two newspapers reported their response without telling readers what they were talking about.

It was akin to telling people “don’t listen to the lies perpetrated by Nadeswaran” without telling them what were the lies I had concocted or spread. But reading all sides of the story, there is this inherent duty as a journalist to explain why certain things are done in certain ways without resorting to lies as avowed by certain parties.

Let’s examine their assertions: Communications and Multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak argued that the pronouncement by the DoJ is a form of interference, as their claim is not confirmed to the subject matter: which is about an alleged crime committed on US soil.

The minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Abdul Rahman Dahlan demanded to know the names of the complainants which led to the DoJ’s investigations.

To put the matter in the right context, let us look at each of these assertions.

“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,” Salleh said in a statement.

But what he does not understand is that the filings are part of its civil forfeiture action to seize assets it claims were bought using funds siphoned from 1MDB. No one is accusing the recipients of any wrongdoing although they may or may not have known the source of funds.

The more pertinent point is that foreign banks, in this case, US financial institutions, were used to launder the money stolen from 1MDB. But Salleh must agree that what is good for the goose must also be good for the gander.

When Singapore carried out discreet investigations over two years and acted against individuals and investigations into the laundering of money from 1MDB accounts, there was hardly a whimper. Some of the money was traced to 1MDB and other companies in which Malaysians were in control.

What was at stake was not where the money came from. It could have come from Timbuktu or from personal coffers of Mugabe or 1MDB. Did anyone ask the Monetary Authority of Singapore to identify the complainants?

It acted on its own volition and what mattered most was the island republic’s reputation as an international financial hub. It acted to penalise those who had acted to use its systems and instruments to launder money.

At the end of it all, it slapped S$29.1 (about RM100 million) in penalties on eight wayward banks and convicted five bankers. Three of the five have been banned for life or a minimum of 15 years from Singapore’s securities while another was banned for 10 years. Three more face bans from three to six years.
Singapore authorities, according to the Straits Times, stressed the scale of the probe had been unprecedented, spanning hundreds of thousands of transactions involving many shell firms and people operating in the US, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and Malaysia.

Every sovereign nation has a right to defend itself and its institutions from being used for illegal activities, especially money laundering. The US and jurisdictions in other countries are just doing that or have done that.

To simplify the issue, let’s use this analogy. Mr A steals money from a Bank B in Malaysia and transfers it to Mr C’s account in London. He then orders expensive diamonds for Miss D, an Australian, from jeweller E in London. He then orders and obtains the jewellery and gets Mr C to pay E.

The principal offender may be Mr A but the person who receives and launders the money is Mr C. But in order to prove that the source of the money was in the first place indeed “dirty money”, most authorities take pains to establish a predicate offence.

A predicate offence is a crime that is a component of a more serious criminal offence. Generally, the term “predicate offence” is used in reference to underlying money laundering and/or terrorist finance activity. And this practice is not new as Malaysian authorities wanted to use this prevent the DoJ from further investigations.

On April 20, the Straits Times reported that Malaysia and Abu Dhabi had reached a settlement on a dispute involving billions of dollars in debt obligations of 1MDB that is at the centre of an international money-laundering probe.

“The disputed monies in the Malaysia-Abu Dhabi row are central to legal suits brought by the US Department of Justice over the alleged misappropriation of funds from 1MDB. The Department of Justice claims that the funds siphoned from 1MDB went to fund purchases of real estate and other assets by associates of PM Najib. The settlement agreement between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi would achieve what is known in legal parlance as ‘no predicate offence’”, the newspaper quoted financial executives as saying. (its reports were widely reproduced in the Malaysian media)

So, if Malaysia could move to establish there was no predicate offence, shouldn’t others be offered a bite of the same cherry which would prove predicate offences had been committed?

With such stringent requirements, the DoJ has to establish that the money was indeed stolen and subsequently laundered by purchasing the yacht, jewellery, art pieces etc. The authorities want to establish a water-tight case in what has been described as the largest money laundering exercise in history.

And another timely reminder: When you set foot on foreign soil or use their institutions, you play by their rules. You can’t use friendship or connections to escape. The late Eric Chia of Perwaja fame found to his chagrin that rules of a foreign land – however tough or unacceptable – have to be followed to the letter.

In the case of Abdul Rahman, he claimed once names of the DoJ complainants are revealed, Malaysians would be able to see that they are linked with the agenda of Malaysia's opposition parties. Wouldn’t it be also germane to ask not only Singapore but our own enforcement agencies the same question? All collect and collate data when banks or financial institutions flag bank accounts and report what appear to be nefarious activities.

Bank Negara, on its website, has a list of companies and individuals who have been convicted for money laundering. A Google search will show there have been scores of other prosecutions for similar offences which were investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police and other enforcement agencies. These agencies, in many cases, had acted without a complaint based on information they had gathered in the course of investigations.

If we have Malaysians of such stature who passed invoices, sales receipts, bank statements and other documents from jeweller Lorraine Schwartz to the DoJ, we journalists would love to have him or her as our “deep throat”. It preposterous to suggest that someone from home (the opposition is always the bogeyman) provided such succinct details and documentation or even filed a complaint.

The time has come for ministers to stop treating Malaysians as people of little intelligence. Time has also come for newspapers, its owners and editors to stop the dissemination of half-truths and misinformation. The declining readership of newspapers is sufficient to suggest the mistrust and the lack of confidence in the content. To all, as had been said before, we must make every effort to eradicate this disease called the Truth Deficiency Syndrome. If not, this country will be engulfed by it.


R NADESWARAN is an award-winning veteran journalist who writes on bread and butter issues with one agenda - a better quality of life for all Malaysians irrespective of colour, creed or religion. He can be reached at: citizen.nades22@gmail.com. - Malaysiakini, 19/6/2017

DoJ should press charges if they have proof, says Hishammuddin


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DoJ should press charges if they have proof, says Hishammuddin
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the US DoJ should press charges instead of making allegations if they have concrete proof of wrongdoing. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, June 18, 2017.

DEFENCE Minister Hishamuddin Hussein urged the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to press charges if they have concrete proof of alleged misapproriation of funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"They should not make multiple statements without taking any actions.

"When they do press charges, those who are charged would have the opportunity to clear their names," he said the  at a briefing session of the party's handbook on 14th general election at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC)

He also said statements made without any further actions would only jeopardize DoJ's credibility.

On June 15 , the DoJ filed a civil action to seize assets worth US$540 million (RM2.3 billion), believed to have been purchased using money siphoned from state investment fund 1MDB.

This brings the total amount of allegedly misappropriated funds from 1MDB to US$4.5 billion.

The DoJ is seeking to seize, among others, Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low’s, luxury yacht called Equanimity which is worth US$165 million and rights to the film "Dumb and Dumber To" produced by Red Granite, a production house co-owned by Riza Aziz, Najib’s stepson.

The DoJ suit also noted that Low had purchased, using money from 1MDB, a 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth US$27.3 million for the “wife of Malaysian Official No. 1” (MO1).

MO1 was previously identified as the prime minister by a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

"Those are merely allegations. They need to charge because right now it is just a speculation," he added.

Yesterday, Rosmah Mansor threatened to sue those who produce "false, malicious publications or postings" against her, but legal experts say it is likely an empty threat. – June 18, 2017. - Malaysian Insight, 18/6/2017
 

Minister suspects DoJ’s 1MDB complainants have ‘heinous agenda’ against PM


Sunday June 18, 2017
03:08 PM GMT+8
Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the DoJ had every right to file a suit but it was important to base the case on facts and not on rhetoric or ill-intentioned statements. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDatuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the DoJ had every right to file a suit but it was important to base the case on facts and not on rhetoric or ill-intentioned statements. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — The US Department of Justice (DoJ) must name the complainants in its investigations into the troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said today.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said this was necessary so the public could tell how deeply involved the complainants were within the Opposition parties in their alleged agenda to overthrow Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“My suspicion is that these complainants are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government.

“Malaysians deserve to know who these complainants are and the DoJ should reveal their identities,” he said in a statement.

Commenting on the civil lawsuit, Abdul Rahman said the DoJ had every right to file a suit but it was important to base the case on facts and not on rhetoric or ill-intentioned statements.

“1MDB is not a party to the DoJ civil lawsuit. In fact, the assets that the DoJ alleges were wrongfully procured and seeks to seize, were in fact purchased by entities that are not legally owned nor controlled by 1MDB,” he said.

On Thursday, the DoJ announced its latest civil filing that sought to seize US$540 million (RM2.31 billion) in assets obtained by funds allegedly stolen from 1MDB. The latest civil forfeiture complaints from the lawsuit launched last July alleged that more than US$4.5 billion had been misappropriated from the Malaysian state investment firm from 2009 through 2015.

1MDB has since responded saying that the allegations were not backed with proof.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) subsequently said that it will leave the matter with the police to handle.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali had said that no wrongdoing or misappropriation was found in 1MDB after the Malaysian firm was probed by various agencies, such as the MACC, the Auditor-General and the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.- Malay Mail, 18/6/2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jangan beri wakil rakyat wang untuk rakyat/projek kawasan - itu tugas Jabatan/Agensi Kerajaan?

Kerajaan Persekutuan atau negeri TIDAK harus berikan MP, Senator atau ADUN wang RM250,000 atau berjuta ringgit untuk digunakan oleh mereka untuk rakyat atau projek dalam kawasan pilihanraya beliau... Tak harus juga memberikan peruntukan, walaupun perlu melalui Pejabat Daerah dsb...(di mana cara ini pun tidak adil ...kerana jika pun ada pengagihan mengikut kawasan pilihanraya - ia tak boleh sama untuk semua kawasan - kerana bilangan penduduk berbeda..)

Kita ada Kementerian, Jabatan dan Agensi berkenaan yang bertanggungjawab untuk membantu rakyat - dalam semua aspek termasuk juga memberikan wang perlu kepada yang miskin dan yang berkelayakkan, melakukan projek pembangunan kecil yang perlu, dll...justeru mereka dan penjawat awam berkenaan yang patut membantu semua rakyat...Jika MP, Senator atau ADUN mengunakan wang sendiri atau wang parti mereka sendiri, itu lain...dan boleh diterima > tetapi mengunakan duit kerajaan tak perlu.

Ini juga menjadikan sistem sedia ada untuk bantu rakyat kurang effisyen - kerana siapa sebenar yang bertanggungjawab. Jabatan atau wakil rakyat? Mungkin juga 'bantuan' dua kali diterima...

Bila MP, ADUN dan/atau Senator memberikan wang atau membelanjakan(atau menentukan perbelanjaan) wang untuk projek pembangunan 'kecil' - rakyat akan 'confuse' memikirkan 'wakil rakyat' sangat baik - 'politik wang' semacam ini tak perlu. 

Adakah wakil rakyat PAS akan membantu dahulu ahli atau penyokong PAS - mungkin berlaku? Tambahan pula ramai yang penyokong parti pembangkang tak mahu pi jumpa 'wakil rakyat' BN, dan sebaliknya juga betul. 'You tak sokong, saya tak bantu?' mungkin juga falsafah setengah wakil rakyat atau parti.

Kerajaan mesti membantu rakyat terus melalui jabatan/agensi kerajaan secara terus - bukan melalui wakil rakyat atau parti politik.

Untuk dapat bantuan kewangan, ada pula syarat tambahan - untuk persatuan, kena panggil 'wakil rakyat' atau 'wakil parti BN' untuk hadhir sebagai tetamu ..termasuk perlu beri ruang beri ucapan. Di Temerloh, bila persatuan alumni tidak memanggil 'wakil BN' - tak ada 'derma' pada persatuan? Atau bila 'wakil rakyat atau wakil BN' kawasan tak dapat hadir walaupun dijemput, tak ada pun 'derma' (atau 'peruntukkan")? Justeru, semua terpaksa panggil (walaupun sebenarnya tak mahu) kerana 'derma'. Kebebasan rakyat dinafikan...

Najib pernah menyatakan bahawa kini 'wakil rakyat' (atau wakil BN di kawasan UMNO-BN kalah) akan diberikan lebih kurang RM5-6 juta untuk kawasan mereka... Pembangkang pun kini sama - untuk Selangor, peruntukkan RM500,000(kalau tak salah)...Sedih sekali apabila pembangkang ikut sahaja cara BN?

Kerajaan boleh berikan wang kepada wakil rakyat - untuk perkara tertentu yang kini tidak lagi diberikan (gaji/elaun pekerja wakil rakyat, pejabat,...)

Kini wakil rakyat mendapat gaji dan elaun yang lumayan - tetapi tak ada peruntukkan untuk pejabat dan 'staff' wakil rakyat - jika kerajaan Persekutuan dan Negeri berikan peruntukkan wang kepada wakil rakyat untuk belanja pejabat, dan gaji 'staff'. Setiap wakil rakyat perlukan satu PA(Personal Assistant), seorang kerani(untuk pastikan sentiasa ada orang di pejabat wakil rakyat), dan satu atau 2 (Research Assistant - di mana tugas mereka adalah membantu wakil rakyat - memantau isu semasa di peringkat kawasan/negeri/negara, membantu 'wakil rakyat' membuat response - mungkin kenyataan media..soalan Parlimen...ucapan Parlimen...Wakil rakyat yang sepatutnya menimbulkan isu saperti 1MDB, FGV...dan isu penting yang lain yang memerlukan perhatian rakyat dan juga kerajaan. Justeru, jika kerajaan mahu beri meraka wang lebih - ianya mesti untuk perkara ini untuk pejabat, pekerja dan tugas menjadi wakil rakyat lebih berkesan...? [Kini ramai 'wakil rakyat', kita lihat di Parlimen duduk diam sahaja - Mengapa? Mungkin mereka sebenar tidak tahu apa yang berlaku sebab tak 'prepare'...Mereka juga tak mahu adakan sessi soal jawab dengan rakyat kerana tahu (atau takut) bahawa ada kemungkinan, tak tahu macam mana mahu jawab..

Tak mahu wakil rakyat 'Santa Claus' - hanya pergi sini sana menghulurkan bantuan wang atau benda...Kita mahu wakil rakyat yang berkesan - yang mengeluarkan pendapat, mengeluarkan soalan perlu, membuat siasat mengenai 'isu-isu',...Jika jabatan atau agensi berkenaan tak buat kerja dengan betul - wakil rakyat boleh hebohkan isu supaya jabatan, agensi dan institusi kerajaan bertambah baik.

Kita mahukan 'wakil rakyat' berkualiti sepenuh masa - bukan mereka yang masih terlibat dalam perniagaan peribadi...

Baru ini keluar cerita bahawa kerajaan Selangor tiba-tiba audit seorang ADUN Selangor - sebenarnya semua wakil rakyat yang menerima peruntukkan kerajaan untuk belanja di kawasan pilihanraya perlu di audit, dan akaun mesti didedahkan secara terbuka. 

TETAPI, PENDIRIAN SAYA ADALAH PERUNTUKKAN HARUS HANYA UNTUK PEJABAT DAN PEKERJA PERLU WAKIL RAKYAT - bukan untuk diberikan untuk mereka dalam kawasan mereka, projek kecil, dsb...itu tugas Jabatan/Agensi Kerajaan yang dilakukan oleh penjawat awam tanpa pengaruh/arahan wakil rakyat mengenai siapa harus dapat, atau apa projek perlu..

 
 

PKR MP unhappy with way S'gor gov't audited his office

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Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen has expressed his unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the way an audit was carried out on his service centre by the Selangor state treasury.

The audit, which examined the spending of his Kelana Jaya office for 2014 and 2015, took place in March 2016 without his knowledge, Wong Chen complained.

"At all material times, my office was not aware of the audit. The Selangor state treasury made no attempt to inform us, visit my office, or seek clarifications from my staff.

"The audit was done mysteriously and without due process and natural justice," he said in a lengthy Facebook posting today, adding that he received the audit report on Feb 2, 2017.

As his annual RM250,000 budget for his constituents goes through an administrative process involving the Petaling district and land office, he thought the state treasury must have visited those offices instead.

However, he said, when he met later with the Petaling district and land office district officer and finance officer, they did not have any recollection of any such audit visit to their office.

"Despite the continuing mystery of how the audit actually took place on March 1 to 3, 2016, my main quarrel with the Selangor state treasury is essentially over its audit findings," he said.

Though there are no allegations of corrupt practices in the audit findings, Wong Chen said he felt his office had been denied the right to be heard regarding audit findings of not complying with Selangor guidelines.

"In fact, we strongly object to all the audit findings, which in our opinion, some are completely baseless and some can be clarified easily by asking my staff and requesting for documents," he said.

Among the six audit findings that Wong Chen took issue with, one of it was that he had focused most of his financial help on the poor in the Desa Mentari area.

This finding can be easily explained, he said, as his poorest constituents in Kelana Jaya are from the Desa Mentari area.

"I mean, why would I provide welfare aid to people staying in the middle-class suburbs of Subang Jaya?

"There is absolutely no Selangor government guideline that states that we cannot focus our welfare aid to a geographical zone," he said.

Put stop to malicious rumours

Another audit finding appeared to take issue that Wong Chen's office gave financial aid to the same 68 poor individuals in both 2014 and 2015.

"This finding can be easily explained by the fact that all 68 individuals were poor and desperate in 2014 and they remained poor and desperate in 2015," Wong Chen said.

He also refuted the four other audit findings in his Facebook posting.

His office had also issued a full reply refuting all the Selangor state treasury audit findings on the same day they received the audit report, as well as delivering about 4,000 pages of documents related to their 2014 and 2015 accounts.

Since then, there appears to be no response from the Selangor state treasury to attempts by Wong Chen's office to contact them.

He said he had written four letters to the authorities on this matter, without a single reply.

He had also issued a notice to the Selangor state treasury, asking them to reply to him within 14 days and to either absolve his office of their earlier audit findings or conduct another audit, this time in the presence of his staff.
 
The deadline passed yesterday without any reply, which is why he has decided to disclose this incident, he said.
"The political intention of this disclosure is also to put a stop to the malicious rumours that are damaging the good reputation of my staff and my office," he said.

Depending on the next course of action by the Selangor state treasury, Wong Chen also said his office reserves the right to pursue this matter against the state treasury by all legal means available.

Malaysiakini has attempted to contact the Selangor State Treasury but was unsuccessful.
 

ADUN PKR tak puas hati cara k'jaan S'ngor audit pejabatnya

   
Anggota Parlimen Kelana Jaya Wong Chen meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap cara audit yang dijalankan ke atas pusat khidmatnya oleh Perbendaharaan Negeri Selangor.

Menurut Wong Cheng, audit yang dijalankan pada Mac 2016 ke atas perbelanjaan di pejabat beliau di Kelana Jaya pada 2014 dan 2015, dibuat tanpa pengetahuannya.

"Perbendaharaan Negeri Selangor tidak cuba beritahu kami, melawat pejabat atau mendapatkan penjelasan daripada kakitangan saya.

"Audit itu dilakukan secara misteri dan tanpa melalui proses yang adil dan sewajarnya," katanya dalam laman Facebook yang panjang hari ini, sambil menambah beliau menerima laporan audit itu pada 2 Februari 2017.

Disebabkan perbelanjaan tahunan sebanyak RM250,000 untuk pengundi di kawasannya perlu melalui proses melibatkan Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Petaling, beliau berpendapat perbendaharaan negeri sepatutnya turut melawat pejabat berkenaan.

Bagaimanapun, Wong berkata, apabila beliau bertemu Pegawai Daerah dan pegawai kewangan di Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Petaling, mereka tidak ingat sebarang lawatan audit dibuat.

"Walaupun terus jadi misteri bagaimana audit dilakukan pada 1 Mac hingga 3 Mac 2016, ketidakpuasan saya dengan perbendaharaan negeri Selangor pada dasarnya lebih kepada penemuan audit itu," kata beliau.

Walaupun tiada dakwaan amalan rasuah dalam penemuan audit berkenaan, Wong Chen berkata, beliau berasa pejabatnya dinafikan hak untuk mengetahui penemuan audit yang tidak mematuhi garis panduan Selangor.

"Malah, kami membantah semua penemuan audit yang pada pendapat kami, ada yang tidak berasas dan ada yang boleh dijelaskan dengan mudah dengan bertanya kakitangan saya dan meminta dokumen," katanya.

Antara enam penemuan audit yang menimbulkan tidak puas hati kepadanya, salah satunya adalah tumpuan sebahagian besar bantuan kewangan yang diberi kepada penduduk miskin di kawasan Desa Mentari.

Katanya, dapatan itu dengan mudah boleh dijelaskan kerana ramai pengundi miskin di Kelana Jaya adalah dari kawasan Desa Mentari.

"Kenapa saya perlu beri bantuan kebajikan kepada orang yang tinggal di pinggir bandar kelas pertengahan di Subang Jaya? Sama sekali tidak ada garis panduan oleh kerajaan Selangor yang menyatakan kami tidak boleh beri bantuan kebajikan berdasarkan zon geografi," katanya.

Satu lagi penemuan audit berkenaan adalah pejabat Wong Chen telah memberi bantuan kewangan kepada 68 individu miskin yang sama pada tahun 2014 dan 2015.

"Penemuan ini mudah dijelaskan oleh fakta bahawa semua 68 individu miskin dan terdesak pada tahun 2014 itu kekal miskin dan terdesak pada 2015," kata Wong Chen.

Malaysiakini telah cuba menghubungi Perbendaharaan Negeri Selangor tetapi tidak berjaya. - Malaysiakini, 23/5/2017
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

MADPET - Commute death sentence on Lahad Datu 9 to life (FMT News)

Commute death sentence on Lahad Datu 9 to life

June 11, 2017 
 
NGO says many in Malaysia are for the abolition of the death penalty.
 
FMT LETTERS
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By Charles Hector

Madpet (Malaysians against death penalty and torture) is disappointed that the Court of Appeal chose to sentence nine Filipino men to death for waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in relation to the Lahad Datu intrusion four years ago.

This case is in connection with what happened in February-March 2013 when a group, comprising over a hundred people, who were allegedly followers of self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III, entered Sabah allegedly on a mission to “reclaim” part of Borneo as their ancestral land.

The Lahad Datu situation saw a total of 68 deaths – 56 from the Sulu sultanate, nine from the Malaysian authorities and six civilians.

Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh, who chaired the three-member panel of the Court of Appeal, overturned the natural life sentence meted out by the Kota Kinabalu High Court on July 26 2016 on these nine men, and sentenced them to death.

The other members of the panel of the Court of Appeal were Justices Abdul Rahman Sebli and Kamardin Hashim.

The nine men are Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada @ Mohammad Alam Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 64; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42, who is the son of the late self-proclaimed Sultan Sulu Jamalul Kiram, Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman @ Abdul, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77.

It must be noted that in 2016, the trial judge, Judge Stephen Chung, at the Kota Kinabalu High Court, after hearing the case, having the benefit of hearing the witnesses and considering the evidence, elected to not sentence the nine to death, but to life imprisonment.

In his judgment, Chung said there was no evidence that the accused were directly involved in the skirmishes that occurred during the intrusion, nor was there proof that they had killed any member of the security force in cold blood or injured anybody.

He noted that the key persons in the intrusion, such as Datu Agbimuddin Kiram and “General Musa”, were not brought to justice.

“It is indeed an odious task to pass the appropriate sentence on the accused convicted under Section 121 of the Penal Code.

“The offence had badly affected the lives of the residents of Kampung Tanduo and those who resided in the nearby villages, as well as the families of the deceased security personnel,” he said.

The nine were as such sentenced not to death, but to life imprisonment by the High Court.

Of note also is the fact that six or more of these persons elected to plead guilty after the High Court asked 19 of the 30 persons charged to enter their defence after the prosecution managed to establish a prima facie case.

The plea of guilt is generally taken as a mitigating factor when it comes to sentencing.

It was also reported that the lawyer representing these accused persons who pleaded guilty also told the court that his clients had been promised jobs and identity cards by their leader, General Musa, the chief of staff of Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, who was a brother of the self-styled Sulu Sultan.

It was also reported that “although they admitted to being members of a terror group, known as the Royal Sulu Force (RSF), they were not involved in its militant activities.

He said this was consistent with their statements recorded individually before a Sessions Court judge in Lahad Datu shortly after their arrests sometime in March 2013.

It must be pointed out that even though they may all be convicted of the same offence, when it comes to sentencing, the court is duty bound to consider the evidence adduced against each and every individual in determining the appropriate sentence for each of them.

As such, the observation of the High Court that there was “no evidence that the accused were directly involved in the skirmishes that occurred during the intrusion, nor was there proof that they had killed any member of the security force in cold blood or injured anybody” is most relevant.

The atrocity of the incident itself, which involved over 100 persons, should never be sufficient to justify the imposition of an unjust sentence, especially the death penalty, on the few individuals who were caught, charged, tried and convicted.

Further, it must be reiterated that the death penalty has been shown to have no deterrent value on crimes, and vice versa, there has been no proof showing that the death penalty does in fact deter crime.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman, the de facto law minister, during the parliamentary session on Nov 2 last year clarified that Malaysia was looking at the mandatory death penalty.

They were considering possibly replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment.

This fact also makes this recent decision of the Court of Appeal to impose the death penalty unwelcome, coupled with the fact that many in Malaysia are for the abolition of the death penalty.

As such, Madpet calls for the death sentence imposed on the nine to be commuted to imprisonment.

Madpet reiterates its call for the abolition of the death penalty, and that there be an immediate moratorium on all executions pending abolition.

Charles Hector is coordinator of Malaysians against death penalty and torture (Madpet). - FMT News, 11/6/2017

For full statement, and related news report, visit the MADPET Blog 

MADPET DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COURT OF APPEAL DECISION TO SENTENCE 9 TO DEATH OVERTURNING HIGH COURT’S LIFE IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE IN THE LAHAD DATU WAGING WAR CASE


Kerja Tetap - Adakah ini satu jaminan Pembangkang? Atau hanya mahu kuasa tetapi tak ada yang UBAH?

Asyik lawan pasal siapa akan jadi PM..atau hanya salah laku UMNO-BN tidak memadai - Apakah yang dijanjikan parti politik jika kita undi untuk kami...Janji khusus 'spesifik' diperlukan untuk semua aspek - bukan hanya kata 'adil' atau 'lebih amanah' - Apa program/polisi spesifik - Kalau hanya akan memerintah cara sama dengan UMNO-BN, kita tak mahu. Sebagai contoh, isu kerja...

RAKYAT MAHU KERAJAAN, PARTI POLITIK DAN WAKIL RAKYAT YANG SEDIA JAMIN:-
MENJAMIN HAK KERJA TETAP 'REGULAR UNTUK SEMUA PEKERJA 

- Menetapkan bahawa 'Tempuh Percubaan' maksima ditetapkan undang-undang - 3 Bulan
- Menghadkan majikan mengunakan 'kontrak jangka pendek' untuk tidak melebihi 5% pekerja dalam syarikat majikan
- Menghapuskan sistem 'Contractor for Labour' - Tugas mereka dihadkan mencari pekerja untuk majikan, yang seterusnya menjadikan pekerja yang dibekalkan pekerja tetap 'regular' majikan tempat kerja. Untuk perkhidmatan ini, pembekal menerima fi yang ditetapkan.
- Mengubal undang-undang menetapkan jenis kesalahan  kerja atau 'pemecahan kontrak kerja' serta penalti yang wajar. Kini tak ada - majikan asyik tambah senarai salah laku kerja ikut suka hati.
- Menetapkan ciri-ciri dan prosidur Siasatan Dalaman(Domestic Inquiry) yang juga memberi hak kepada pekerja diwakili peguam, ahli union, pekerja lain...
- Akta Kerja ada mengandungi banyak hak minima tetapi kini terpakai untuk pekerja gaji RM2,000 ke bawah - pinda supaya terpakai untuk pekerja gaji RM3,000 ke bawah.

Post berkaitan:-

Worker and Trade Union Rights in BN-ruled Malaysia - A pro-business government that undermined worker rights, welfare and livelihood -

93 Groups:- Abolish the ‘Contractor for Labour’ system Withdraw the 2012 amendments to Employment Act 1955.

Najib Razak, MP Pekan, harus mencelah membantu 18 pekerja anak syarikat DRB HICOM mendapatkan kerja mereka kembali segera..

 

 




PENDAPATAN untuk setiap rakyat Malaysia - ini merupakan obligasi utama kerajaan. Cara yang penting untuk majoriti adalah dengan memastikan pekerja ada KERJA yang akan membolehkan pekerja mendapat Wang perlu untuk menampung kehidupan pekerja sekeluarga. Cara lain adalah untuk memastikan ada yang boleh bertani, mengkap memproses dan menjual hasil - jsuteru petani, nelayan, peniaga kecil, dll..semua ke arah memastikan rakyat ada mempunyai pendapatan dan kestabilan ekonomi diri dan keluarga...Bukan sahaja pendapatan untuk membeli makanan, tempat tinggal dan perkara asas tetapi juga untuk simpanan dan untuk bertambah maju dan meningkat pendirian sosial...

Untuk proses menambahbaik kehidupan, kerajaan juga perlu menambahkan pengetahuan, skil dan lain-lain untuk memperkasakan keupayaan rakyat...menjana pendapatan memajukan diri...satu perkara yang penting adalah bahawa usaha individu adalah usaha sendiri - yang meninggikan kepercayaan pada diri sendiri. Justeru, memberikan sedekah atau 'bantuan kewangan' bukan cara yang baik kerana ini tidak akan menjana rakyat yang mempunyai hormat diri dan percaya bahawa dia boleh berjaya...tanpa 'bantuan'  atau 'sedekah' pihak ketiga...

PEKERJAAN - ini cara biasa kerana hanya segelintir boleh menjana pendapatan dengan kerja sendiri, perniagaan sendiri, ...justeru perlu sangat kerajaan menyediakan peluang pekerjaan...Kerja dengan kerajaan semestinya tak cukup untuk semua rakyat ...justeru perlu menjana pekerjaan. Satu cara adalah dengan menarik 'syarikat asing' masuk Malaysia beroperasi mengunakan pekerja Malaysia...

PEKERJAAN SAHAJA tak memadai - perlu pekerjaan yang STABIL dan lama - di mana pendapatan juga akan meningkat ikut masa...ini perlu kerana kos kehidupan pekerja sekeluarga secara semulajadi akan meningkat ...anak-anak, pendidikan anak, ...semua akan meningkat. Justeru, apa yang perlu adalah 'kerja tetap regular' di mana ada juga kemungkinan besar gaji/pendapatan akan naik - Justeru, hak kerja tetap sangat diperlukan - yang boleh dipastikan oleh kerajaan melalui undang-undang dan polisi...

Di Malaysia, sejak masa pentadbiran British lagi, penekanan diberikan untuk memastikan kerja tetap 'regular' yang lama biasa sampai persaraan...

MAJIKAN kata mana boleh - jika mahu kami terus ambil pekerja dan jadikan dia pekerja tetap - kerana selepas tandatangan kontrak kerja, kita dapati pekerja tak sesuai....justeru penyelesaiannya adalah 'TEMPUH PERCUBAAN' atau probation...masa untuk majikan menilai pekerja sebelum mmberikan komitmen kerja tetap...

TEMPUH PERCUBAAN - Bila-bila masa hubungan kerja boleh diakhiri...tetapi berapa lama 'tempuh percubaan' yang wajar - dikebanyakkan tempat, had maksima tempuh percubaan(probation) adalah 3 bulan - selepas itu, perjanjian memastikan 'kerja tetap'. [Malangnya kerajaan UMNO-BN setelah lebih kurang tidak menetapkan had maksima tempuh percubaan - dan majikan boleh melanjutkan 'probation' tahun demi tahun - satu indikator kerajaan tak prihatin sangat hak dan kebajikan pekerja??]

Bila sudah dapat KERJA TETAP - hak minima telah dipastikan khususnya untuk pekerja gaji rendah melalui undang-undang (Bagus kerajaan UMNO-BN). Jika dilihat Akta Kerja - banyak hak ditetapkan hak cuti tahunan berbayar, hak cuti sakit/salin berbayar, kadar minima perlu dibayar jika kerja hari cuti am...Yang penting, adalah penambahan hak apabila tempuh kerja meningkat.....hak cuti tahunan dan/atau cuti sakit bertambah bergantung dengan tempuh kerja... Ya, Akta dan hak terkandung digubal untuk hakikat di mana pekerja menikmati hak kerja tetap berpanjangan...bukan untuk mereka yang hanya ada hak kerja jangka pendek 1 tahun atau kurang...(yang menjadi realiti baru alam pekerjaan kerana KEGAGALAN kerajaan semasa - kerajaan UMNO-BN?)

KERJA TETAP susah untuk majikan ...tak boleh buang kerja bila diperlukan?

Kerja Tetap 'Regular' sampai bersara masih membolehkan majikan mengurangkan pekerja dan/atau membuang pekerja TETAPI kena dilakukan dengan adil...Pekerja yang melakukan kesalahan kerja (di mana ini boleh juga termasuk 'malas') - boleh dibuang asaslkan ada siasatan dalaman terlebih dahulu...pekerja ada hak membela diri. Jika majikan terpaksa mengurangkan pekerja - tak ada masalah, 'RETRENCH' sahaja tetapi untuk bantu pekerja ada prinsip terpakai - (1) kena cuba seberapa boleh untuk cari kerja baru dalam syarikat majikan, (2) Jika taka boleh buang yang terbaru dahulu - prinsip LIFO(Last In First Out) - kini di Malaysia ada tambahan pula - buruh asing harus dilepaskan dulu sebelum pekerja tambahan. Hak bagi pekerja yang terpaksa dibuang - kena bayar Faedah Pembuangan Kerja (Lay-Off Benefit) di mana ada formula pengiraan faedah pekerja yang lebih lama kerja dapat lebih....faedah ini diperolehi oleh hanya pekerja yang sudah kerja selama 12 bulan atau lebih...

Justeru, hak kerja tetap 'regular' harus dibela dan kerajaan Malaysia harus memastikan bahawa ini dinikmati semua pekerja 

TETAPI kini kerajaan UMNO-BN pro-majikan dan perniagaan besar dan telah MEMBENARKAN majikan mengambil pekerja dengan cara kontrak pekerjaan jangka pendek/tetap - 3 bulan, 6 bulan, 1 tahun - di mana bila habis kontrak, walaupun majikan masih memerlukan pekerja kebanyakkan majikan akan senang-senang lepaskan pekerja sedia ada...dan ambil saja pekerja baru....Kesannya - kestabilan kerja dan pendapatan sudah hilang..kenaikkan gaji/pendapatan berasaskan tempuh kerja hilang gitu sahaja...Pekerja hilang kerja cara ini terpaksa cari kerja baru ...lagi berumur lagi susah cari kerja ...nak cari kerja dengan gaji sama atau lebih pun bertambah sukar...dalam keadaan begini, pekerja juga akan taku menuntut hak...takut dilihat sebagai 'trouble maker'...majikan untung...pekerja senang ditindas (dan kini takut pula mengadu atau menuntut)...Masa depan pekerja Malaysia tergugat... 

Sistem 'kontraktor kerja' (contractor for labour) yang anti-pekerja dibenarkan...lagi tergugat hak kerja. 

Pekerja Asing - Dengan kemasukkan pekerja asing, upaya pekerja tempatan menuntut lebih berkurangan...Jika 'demand' tinggi untuk pekerja, pekerja boleh minta gaji lebih tinggi dan hak lebih...tetapi kini kerajaan menjadikan situasi 'tak ada demand' kerana kerajaan UMNO-BN menjamin supply pekerja yang ramai...pekerja tempatan dan pekerja asing???

JUSTERU, APA YANG KITA MAHU...kita mahu kerajaan dan parti politik yang akan:-

MENJAMIN HAK KERJA TETAP 'REGULAR UNTUK SEMUA PEKERJA 

- Menetapkan bahawa 'Tempuh Percubaan' maksima ditetapkan undang-undang - 3 Bulan
- Menghadkan majikan mengunakan 'kontrak jangka pendek' untuk tidak melebihi 5% pekerja dalam syarikat majikan
- Menghapuskan sistem 'Contractor for Labour' - Tugas mereka dihadkan mencari pekerja untuk majikan, yang seterusnya menjadikan pekerja yang dibekalkan pekerja tetap 'regular' majikan tempat kerja. Untuk perkhidmatan ini, pembekal menerima fi yang ditetapkan.
- Mengubal undang-undang menetapkan jenis kesalahan  kerja atau 'pemecahan kontrak kerja' serta penalti yang wajar. Kini tak ada - majikan asyik tambah senarai salah laku kerja ikut suka hati.
- Menetapkan ciri-ciri dan prosidur Siasatan Dalaman(Domestic Inquiry) yang juga memberi hak kepada pekerja diwakili peguam, ahli union, pekerja lain...

Bolehkah kerajaan Malaysia berbuat demikian kini? Memang boleh dan perlu sangat untuk menjamin kerja, pendapatan dan masa depan pekerja sekeluarga...

*Untuk setengah pekerja, tak boleh kerja tetap sampai bersara - saperti pekerja kontrak pembinaan - di sini, jaminan kerja sehingga kerja berkenaan siap...Baru ini, kerajaan Malaysia menyatakan bahawa penjawat kerajaan yang kini dibawah kontrak jangka pendek/tetap akan dijadikan pekerja tetap selepas 15 tahun - TAK SETUJU. Jadikan mereka pekerja tetap sekarang. Kan senang, berhentikan pekerja kontrak sebelum sampai 15 tahun - jadi senang sekali janji UMNO-BN sekali lagi tidak dikota??? Janji Najib dan UMNO-BN kini sukar mahu dipercayai...

Hakikat pekerja kini - ramai hadapi obligasi kena bayar balik hutang - kerana banyak barang dibeli dengan mengambil pinjaman - rumah, kereta, perkakas rumah, dll... Justeru kerja tetap yang stabil amat perlu - pendapatan tetap amat perlu...

Apakah janji dan komitmen PAS, PKR, BERSATU, DAP, PSM, Amanah ---tentang apa perubahan KHUSUS yang mereka akan membawa untuk pekerja di Malaysia (ini akan jejaskan pekerja kini dan pekerja masa depan???)




Selain daripada menghebohkan kelemahan kerajaan dan parti lain, bertikai untuk kerusi PM - apakah sebenarnya program jika menang di PRU? Manifesto pilihanraya dibuat...tetapi semua nya basic - tak ada rancangan khusus. Mesti ada perancangan dan program khusus - apa akan buat...dan bila? Adakah mereka akan hanya mula berfikir tentang program/rancangan apa nak buat selepas menang PRU...terlalu lambat...dan senang sekali tak buat apa-apa...

UMNO-BN jelas sudah ketepikan pekerja Malaysia - kini nampaknya lagi minat bawa masuk pekerja asing ...Taktik nampaknya untuk tidak mengalakkan pekerja Malaysia ambil setengah kerja ...di katakan kotor...3D? Tak ada kerja yang kotor...semua kerja perlu dibuat, dan kita tidak boleh pandang rendah rakyat Malaysia yang sedia membuat kerja '3D" - Masuk KLIA, sepatutnya lihat pekerja Malaysia - tetapi kini penuh dengan pekerja asing? Pekerja Malaysia sudi buat kerja tetapi 'kontrak' diberikan kepada syarikat yang gunakan tenaga kerja asing - mengapa? Ini soal polisi..in soal maruah bangsa Malaysia dan negara...

Pekerja Malaysia malas..tak ada etika kerja yang baik...justeru terpaksa mengambil pekerja asing yang lebih baik...Betulkah ini? Jika benar, ini adalah kerana kerajaan UMNO-BN yang memerintah sejak Merdeka...Najib boleh kerja kat sawah? kerja bina rumah? kerja memperbaiki jalanraya, kerja mengangkut sampah, potong rumput, toreh getah...ramai rakyat Malaysia kini tak boleh ...mengapa? kerana susah? kerana itu kerja 'bawah taraf' - Pemikiran sebegini mesti berubah - semua kerja sama nilainya ..dan semua pekerja mesti dihormati...sebenarnya gaji mereka yang buat 'kerja susah' begini sepatutnya dinaikkan...

Jangan lupa, Malaysia dan rakyat Malaysia untung daripada pendapatan yang dibayar oleh majikan samada syarikat asing atau tempatan, atau kerajaan - kini, jika rakyat Malaysia tidak mahu kerja dan pendapatan ini...ia terus keluar negara. Jadi, apakah keuntungan membawa masuk syarikat asing ...hanya cukai? levy daripada majikan guna pekerja asing? bayaran visa kerja? ...semua wang ini pi mana - adakah ia kembali kepada rakyat? Gaji milik ada dan anda boleh buat sesuka hati...untung kerajaan lain - yang menentukan apa nak buat adalah kerajaan...mana lebih baik?