Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the former prime minister’s disapproval of the Bangsa Johor concept.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar expressed his displeasure over the remarks made by Dr Mahathir that the concept could disunite the people.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the Sultan.

Dr Mahathir, asked for his opinion about the Bangsa Johor concept at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series themed “Federal-States Relations” at the Perdana Leadership Founda­tion yesterday, had said unity among Malaysians could slide if the people practised too much parochialism.

Dr Mahathir said the people should all be known as Malaysians, instead of the people of Johor or Kedah because “only when we are united can the nation prosper”.

While Johor has the right to promote the idea of Bangsa Johor, Dr Mahathir said what should be pushed instead was for the people to embrace that they are all Malaysians rather than identifying themselves from the state they originate from.

“After all, we are all citizens of Malaysia, irrespective of our colour, religion, ethnicity or even position,” Dr Mahathir had said.

Sultan Ibrahim yesterday said Dr Mahathir was not qualified to talk about unity.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays,” he said.

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir should understand all states enjoyed their own unique pride but that did not mean they were leaving the Federation.

“It is a figment of Dr Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.”

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir had earned a reputation for being a confrontational person who had caused division, especially in his foreign relations policy.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested that Malaysians hold a peaceful rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"Malaysians are timid. In other countries, millions take to the streets. Malaysians are very nice, we don't normally hold such (protests)."

Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyarankan kepada rakyat agar mengadakan perhimpunan aman mendesak, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Najib meletak jawatan.

Why is the US intervening now?

The Department of Justice alleges $3.5bn (£2.6bn) was misappropriated from 1MDB.
"The Malaysian people were defrauded on an enormous scale," Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said at a news conference.

Mr Najib is not named in the suit. But it refers to "Malaysian Official 1", described as "a high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB".​

The move reflects an intention by the US to open new fronts in its fight against illicit finance.

It also sets up a rare confrontations between the US and Malaysia, which is considered an important partner in the fight against terrorism.

What do people involved say?

1MDB responded to the US papers by saying it had not benefited from the various transactions described in the suit.

The fund has repeatedly asserted that it has never given money to the prime minister and called the claims "unsubstantiated".

Mr Najib has also consistently denied taking money from 1MDB or any public funds.
His office said Malaysia had "led the way in investigations into 1MDB" and would "fully co-operate with any lawful investigation".

Is anyone else involved?

Mr Najib has accused his fiercest critic, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, of using the scandal as a means of "political sabotage".

He claims Mr Mahathir worked "hand in glove" with foreigners as part of a campaign "to topple a democratically elected prime minister."

The BBC put Mr Najib's allegations to Mr Mahathir, who dismissed the claims. Instead, he called on the prime minister to show proof that he didn't pocket state funds.

Opposition leaders have now repeated their call for Mr Najib to stand down.

Over the last year, Mr Najib has also sacked his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and replaced the former attorney-general over critical comments they made about the scandal.

Malaysian plainclothes police carry a computer from the 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Berhad) office after a raid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 July 2015

There have been multiple domestic official investigations into the 1MDB fund, including a special task force headed by the attorney general. The team raided the office of 1MDB in 2015 and took away some documents.

But the replacement attorney general cleared Mr Najib of wrongdoing in January.
Multiple foreign authorities have also been investigating the company.

In May, Singapore ordered Swiss bank BSI to shut down in the city-state for breaking its money-laundering laws in its dealings with 1MDB.

Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings related to 1MDB on "suspected corruption of public foreign officials, dishonest management of public interests and money laundering".

What do Malaysians think about it?

The 1MDB controversy has frustrated many Malaysians who are struggling with the rising cost of living and what is perceived to be ingrained corruption in its political system.

Last year tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets calling for the resignation of the PM.
However, thousands of ethnic Malays have also rallied in support of the government.

The reaction on Thursday to the US move has been muted in both Malaysia's mainstream newspapers and social media.

Malaysia's government has cracked down on reporting of the 1MDB scandal, blocking access to certain online news portals and targeting media groups and journalists.

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1. DOJ (Dept of Justice) mengumumkan bahawa mereka akan membeku lebih dari 1 Billion USD (4 Billion ringgit) aset di US seperti rumah-rumah mewah dan hak cipta filem Wolf of Wall Street.

2. Perbelanjaan wang 1MDB ini juga termasuk pembayaran hutang judi di Las Vegas, pembelian kapal layar mewah dan pembelian jet peribadi jenama bombardier yang berharga lebih dari USD 35 juta (RM 120 juta).

3. Diumumkan antara individu yang terlibat dalam tindakan ini (empunya aset) adalah Riza Aziz (anak tiri Perdana Menteri) dan Taek Jho Low.

4. DOJ menyatakan bahawa aset 1 Billion USD (RM 4 Billion) ini merupakan sebahagian dari 3.5 Billion USD (RM 14 Billion) nilai jumlah wang yang dipercayai dicuri dari 1MDB.

5. 'Malaysian Official 1' merupakan antara penjawat awam yang juga dikatakan terlibat dalam skandal ini, walaupun namanya tidak disebut akan tetapi diterangkan bahawa Riza Aziz merupakan anak tiri kepada 'Malaysian Official 1'.

6. Lebih dari 100 Juta USD (RM 400 juta) wang 1MDB digunakan untuk membiayai filem 'Wolf Of Wall Street' sebuah filem yang mengisahkan cerita beberapa individu yang menipu dan mencuri duit orang ramai.
7. Filem 'Wolf of Wall Street' terbitan syarikat Red Granite Films yang dipunyai Riza Aziz.

8. DOJ menyatakan tidak satu sen pun dari sebarang keuntungan filem berkenaan ataupun dalam mana-mana aset dapat dirasai oleh rakyat Malaysia dan mereka becadang untuk memulangkan kembali semua kekayaan ini kepada Malaysia setelah selesai penyiasatan.

Mahathir is Going to Unite the Oppositions - the Only Way To Kick Najib Out

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced that he is partnering with Opposition leaders to form a new coalition.

“I will be the first among equals, I guess, among the leadership”, he said.
In a statement Thursday, Abdul Rahman said the new coalition will only weaken the opposition further and strengthen the chances of Barisan winning big in the next general election.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said many new parties and new coalitions have been formed since 1951.
He said the meeting also agreed that parties will only field one candidate among them and all the rest would throw their support, pointing out that everyone realised the importance of co-operation in order to win against Barisan. “We discussed many things with him (Mahathir) and we agreed to move towards cooperation to have a coalition with all the opposition parties in Malaysia”, Chua Tian Chang, vice-president of the opposition People’s Justice Party, told AFP.
He also labeled the new political party which is yet to be named as having a “dangerous liaison” based on their “acute frustration and failure” to capture the imagination of Malaysians.
At the press conference, Mahathir repeatedly accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of “causing damage” to the country and called for the release of the Auditor-General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Zahid was commenting on Dr Mahathir’s announcement yesterday on the formation of a new political party and Opposition coalition.
On the status of Pakatan Harapan after the setting up of the new coalition, he said it would be up to PKR, DAP and Amanah to determine whether to continue with that pact.
Najib has denied any wrongdoing and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that $681 million, deposited into Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.
Despite the challenges to his legitimacy, Mr Najib has managed to consolidate his political position within Umno.
Analysts interviewed by TODAY noted that the new party may not immediately alter the balance of power in Malaysian politics.

Meanwhile, jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has described the move by Dr Mahathir Mohamad to form a new party as a positive step.

"We are waiting for (former deputy prime minister) Muhyiddin (Yassin) to decide because Muhyiddin is making the decisions.

"We look forward to engaging with them. I think it's a positive thing," Anwar said when met at the court complex this afternoon after two of his cases came up for decision.

Anwar also stressed on the importance of a united opposition, and lauded PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s call for a ceasefire.

The opposition, he said, must stay united and soldier on for the time being.

"We must consolidate and work. It is time we must consolidate," he added.

Welcoming Tuan Ibrahim's call for a ceasefire among opposition parties and to find a common feature and work on it, Anwar said this was a positive statement from the PAS leader.

"I think we look forward to engaging with them," he said.

Earlier in court, there were scores of PKR and Pakatan Harapan supporters, and among them include PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Amanah secretary-general Mohd Anuar Tahir.

Anwar had previously penned a scathing letter, warning PKR leaders on the dangers of working with former prime minister Mahathir.

Mahathir had in 1998 sacked Anwar as deputy prime minister.

PAS left the opposition Pakatan Rakyat pact last year. Now the new opposition coalition, called Pakatan Harapan, consists of the newly-formed Parti Amanah Negara, DAP and PKR.

Meanwhile, Umno-BN is not shaken by news that political titan Dr Mahathir Mohamad is setting up a new opposition party, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Speaking to reporters in Mongolia, where he is attending a regional summit, Zahid said Umno-BN would go all out to stay in government, and would employ Mahathir's own tactics against him.

"The person who wants to form a new party was once a leader who took action against his political rivals, so based on what we were taught, we will do the same.

"If that person is on the other side, then we will do as he once did before to his political enemies," Zahid was quoted as saying by Bernama.

He said this when asked if the government was afraid of the new party Mahathir intends to form.

MIC president Dr S Subramaniam believes Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s actions would lead to his contributions and achievements being erased from the nation’s history.

However, this courted a single line rebuke from the former premier’s daughter, Marina.

“And history will remember MIC's (contributions and achievements), I'm sure...,” she tweeted.

Since the 2008 general election, MIC like its BN Chinese counterpart MCA has been struggling to remain relevant in the Malaysian political landscape.

The party and its leaders have also been the subject of numerous allegations.

In response to Marina's remarks, MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh said the Indian party and other component parties were defeated in 2008 and struggle to remain relevant because of the racist policies Mahathir introduced when he was in power.

Sivarraajh said Mahathir's policies are to blame for Malaysia's current state, and not former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"We are feeling the aftermath of the 30-year Mahathir administration's policies.

"Just because he is fighting the government and Najib, Mahathir can't be considered 'Gandhi' or a leader who is not racist.

"If you want to know how racist Mahathir is since his childhood, read (Mahathir's memoir) 'Doctor In The House'. History will tell about your father's racist policies," he said in a statement today.

Earlier, Subramaniam (photo) was responding to Mahathir’s announcement of a new political party and grand coalition, which the MIC president described as a saddening development.

“He was the former prime minister and president of Umno for a long period. He was also recognised and respected internationally as an exceptional leader.

“However, with such a move (to form a new party), I am of the opinion that it would reduce his standing in the eyes of the people,” he said in a media statement.

Instead of playing the role of an adviser to the nation, Subramaniam said Mahathir is going against the party he struggled for in the past, causing an upheaval to the political system.

Since last year, the 91-year-old former premier has waged a public campaign to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, whom he has accused of numerous misdeeds.

Mahathir has since joined hands with opposition and civil society leaders, who were once critical of his leadership.

Najib has denied the allegations against him, and accused Mahathir and those aligned to him of attempting to engineer his downfall.

Adulterers Are Stoned To death, Thieves Have Their Hands Chopped Off

Malaysia risks turning into a hardline IS-like religious state, where adulterers are stoned to death and thieves have their hands chopped off. And non-followers who are blasphemous will have their heads chopped off.

The grim warning from former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, comes as current premier Najib Razak courts Islamists to shore up support for his scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party.

'70,000 people currently convicted of stealing are going to have their hands cut off': he said.

“What is happening now is that Umno feels itself isolated because of what Najib has done. So in search of alliance, Umno is actually trying to win over PAS (Parti Islam se-Malaysia),” Mahathir said in an exclusive interview with South China Morning Post.

PAS wants to introduce the strict sharia penal code hudud, which punishes thieves by chopping off their hands. There’s a chance this could happen, according to Mahathir.

“To win over PAS, they support hudud. That is why hudud has been brought up in parliament. It was actually Umno which helped this movement to increase the power of the sharia court.”

The tiny neighbouring sultanate of Brunei began implementing hudud penalties in 2014, fanning fears in Malaysia of accelerated Islamisation.

Last month, the Malaysian government unexpectedly fast-tracked the tabling of a PAS-sponsored hudud bill in parliament, taking many by surprise.

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The bill calls for constitutional changes that allow hudud to be introduced in the north-eastern state of Kelantan, but there are concerns other states may follow suit.

Kelantan is the only state ruled by PAS. Already, there are separate checkout counters for men and women in supermarkets, alcohol is banned and cinemas have to have the lights turned on during film screenings.

The debate on the law has been deferred to October by PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang.
Currently, sharia courts deal only with family matters, including divorce and inheritance.

“The hudud that they (PAS) want to apply here will result in injustice,” Mahathir said.
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“If two persons are accused of theft, one is Chinese and one is Malay. You chop off the hands of the Malay and you give two months jail to the Chinese … it is unjust ... and therefore it is not Islamic. In Islam, the Koran repeats 43 times, (in) 43 verses, that when you judge, you must judge with justice,” Mahathir said.

According to Mahathir, PAS first mooted introducing hudud during his term in office but he told the party it is not possible as Malaysia has a multi-religious population and it would cause problems.
“In the Koran, it is written that God doesn’t like people who cause trouble. Of course a lot of Malays are not happy with my stand but I go by the Koran.”

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian police have opened four investigation papers against former premier Mahathir Mohamad, inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday (April 11).

"We have already opened up four investigation papers against Mahathir,'' the Malaysiakini news website quoted the IGP as saying.

"Some are incomplete and some are being discussed with the attorney-general (Mohamad Apandi Ali)," IGP Khalid was quoted as saying.

"Some (investigations) are for sedition and some for other things. No decisions have been made so far," he added.

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Najib holding up under Mahathir's attacks

He would not confirm if any of the investigations are related to Dr Mahathir's latest call for foreign intervention to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to the report.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian newspaper, Dr Mahathir said that the chances of ousting Datuk Seri Najib, who is under fire over heavily indebted state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), were slim if there was no external pressure.

In response, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Dr Mahathir's comment could result in the people losing respect for the former premier.

He said on Sunday that Dr Mahathir, when in power from 1981-2003, had frequently reminded government officers and party leaders not to cooperate with foreign powers to tarnish Malaysia's image or damage the country.

"He used to scold us if we cooperated with foreigners, while some of us have also even been accused as being foreign agents," the New Straits Times quoted Datuk Zahid as saying.

The Umno Veterans Club has urged that action be taken against Dr Mahathir under the Sedition Act for trying to bring in foreign interference into the administration of the country, Malaysiakini reported.

Its secretary Mustapha Yaakub reportedly said that the former prime minister had gone overboard, a clear indication that he was desperate in his attempts to overthrow Mr Najib, according to the news website.

Dr Mahathir is leading a "Save Malaysia" movement calling for Mr Najib to step down as the prime minister. He has been questioned previously over his allegations against Umno leaders, and has suggested that he may soon be arrested for his continued attacks against Putrajaya.

In February, several police reports were lodged against Dr Mahathir over his blog posting that repeated calls for Mr Najib's resignation, on grounds that 1MDB-linked financial scandals had shamed the country.

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