Jan 31, 2007

Most Leaders Fearful Of War Criminal Tag, Says Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 31 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Wednesday made a case for people including heads of government found to have committed war-time atrocities by the soon-to-be-launched Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal to be labelled as war criminals.

"I feel that the one punishment that most leaders are afraid of is to go down in history with a certain label attached to them.

"So these people (if found guilty) will always be called war criminals whenever their names are mentioned," the former prime minister said at a briefing on the tribunal initiative in conjunction with the international conference on "Expose War Crimes - Criminalise War" on Feb 5-7 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.

Organised by the Perdana Global Peace Organisation of which he is the chairman, the event at the PWTC will see the creation of the tribunal during the preliminary proceedings of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.

Dr Mahathir announced that he would be chairman of the commission while the tribunal would be headed by Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, a member of the Council of Advisers to the Regent of Terengganu and former judge of the Federal Court.

He said the tribunal would have to resort to conducting trials in absentia if the cases involved heads of government or powerful people.

"We'll have to resort to this because there is no way we can force them to come before the court," he added.

The commission will have to first investigate the veracity of complaints forwarded by war crime victims. And when it feels that there's a prima facie case, then only the matter will be taken up by the tribunal.

On Feb 7, Dr Mahathir is set to receive the petition of war crime victims in violence-hit places like Iraq and Palestine that will put into motion the workings of the commission and tribunal.

"We have been working to set up the tribunal to hear complaints by the victims, particularly those who have been tortured, so that these people can feel that there is some course for redress for their sufferings," he said.

The subjects of the complaints will be given ample opportunity to rebut the charges levelled at them.

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"I've No Inspiration Yet" Says PM On General Election

While we are waiting for an inspiration, maybe should take a nap :-) or a sleep.

KUALA BERANG, Jan 30 (Bernama) -- "I've no inspiration yet" said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when asked whether he would call for the general election following the Barisan Nasional's (BN) landslide victory in Sunday's Batu Talam state by-election in Pahang.

The victory did not give him an indication to call for the 12th general election, he told reporters after opening the high-impact Aquaculture Industrial Zone at Sungai Como in Tasik Kenyir, Tuesday.

He was responding to reporters' queries on the views by many political observers that the Government would call for a general election soon following the BN's thumping victory in Batu Talam.

The BN's Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram, 47, retained the seat with an increased majority of 5,857 votes, trouncing independent candidate Ng Chee Pang, 22, who lost his deposit.

Pressed further whether the general election would be held before year-end, Abdullah replied in jest: "Maybe next month."

He, however, added: "I don't know (yet), I've to see first."

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Tun Mahathir backs Thailand over feud with Singapore

No way Tun Mahathir is going to support Singapore.

(The Nation) Malaysia's Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's interview with Thepchai Yong to be aired on Channel 5's Siam This Morning on Wednesday at 6.15am.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed threw his support behind Thailand's diplomatic spat with Singapore, accusing the city-state of interfering in the country's internal affairs and violating diplomatic norms by permitting its senior government official to meet with ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

In an interview with Nation Channel's Thepchai Yong over the weekend on this island resort, Mahathir said Singapore had permitted Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar to meet with Thaksin in spite of their awareness that such act would grossly upset Bangkok.

"Singapore doesn't really care about the opinion of its neighbours," said Mahathir, adding that the decision was "unfeeling and not sympathetic".

"Singapore believes the most important thing is what profits Singapore," he said.

Thai-Singapore relation has hit one of its lowest points following the controversial meeting. The Foreign Ministry insisted that it has given the island-state prior warning about Thailand's strong objection to the meeting.

Two weeks ago, army chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin accused Singapore of spying on Thailand by eaves dropping on telephone conversations, adding more fuel to what was billed as already a difficult situation between the two countries.

"That's the kind of things they do," Mahathir said. The Singaporean government dismissed Sonthi's claim.

When asked about his 22 years of dealing with Singapore, Mahathir said "You'll get no where with them either being nice or being tough, they only think of themselves," Mahathir said.

Nevertheless, Mahathir said both sides to patch things up but "in away that is honorable", which, he said, should start with an apology from Singapore.

The former Malaysian leader said he would welcome a meeting with Thaksin only if the former Thai premier asked for it. But Mahathir quickly downplayed the idea, saying "I don't have anything to discuss with him.

Thaksin has publicly praised Mahathir as his role model during his time in office.

"Although he has said I was his friend and he wants to follow my way. But many of his ways are not my way," Mahathir said.

Thaksin has been living in exile since his ouster in September. The former premier has launched a media campaign to discredit the military-appointed government in Bangkok and the junta itself, accusing them of mismanagement and being undemocratic.

Singapore's investment firm Temasek Holdings purchase of Thaksin family-controlled Shin Corp. in January had triggered an outcry in Thailand and exploded into a national scandal that led to his downfall after it was disclosed that the family paid no taxes on the Bt73-billion deal.

The deal allowed the Singaporean investment fund, Temasek to control operation of mobile phone, Satellite and television network, which the junta deemed as a possible access to security concern areas,

Mahathir said Thailand had benefited economically under Thaksin but added that his handlings of policy and controversies were not very diplomatic.

Mahthir dismissed suggestion that Thakisin had followed his footstep by meddling with press freedom. He said his outspokenness against Western countries has put him in a bad light with the foreign press.

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Now it's Jeff Ooi's turn to strike out suit by NSTP and others

Check out "walk with us" from the mouth of the bloggers

(The Sun) KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 30, 2007): Blogger Ooi Chuan Aun aka Jeff Ooi today applied to strike out the defamation suit filed against him by New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd (NSTP) and three individuals.

Justice Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak fixed March 6 to hear Ooi's application and adjourned the inter-parte injunction application by NSTP and the three individuals to the same date.

NSTP's counsel Datuk Cecil Abraham told reporters this after the hearing in chambers.

Ooi and the plaintiffs had also agreed not to publish any comment that might be sub judice to the case.

"By agreement, all parties henceforth agree not to publish any article, comment or post regards the dispute presently before the High Court in this action that may be regarded as sub judice or that may prejudice the fair trial of the case," said a statement recorded before Abdul Malik.

Ooi is being sued by NSTP, its deputy chairman and editorial adviser Datuk Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan, group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and former group editor Brenden John Pereira.

Ooi had been served an interim ex-parte injunction to refrain from further posting defamatory articles against the plaintiffs.

He was also ordered to remove 13 allegedly defamatory articles from his blog, Screenshots.

"If the striking out application is successful, the defamation suit against Ooi will be dropped and there will be no injunction left to contest,"said Ooi's counsel Haris Ibrahim.

Some 20 bloggers, including Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, were present outside the court to lend support to Ooi.

Another blogger Ahirudin Attan (aka Rocky) is also being sued for defamation by the same four plaintiffs, as well as NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar Syed A.R.Albar.

He, however, had not been served a similar injunction as Ooi.

Last Thursday (Jan 25), Rocky had also applied to strike out the suit.

Following his application, an injunction application against him was adjourned, pending the hearing of the application to strike out the case which has been fixed for Feb 22.

Yesterday, Rocky and the plaintiffs had also agreed not to publish any comment that might be sub judice to the case

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Jan 30, 2007

InventQJaya stay application rejected

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Government can now proceed to wind-up technology firm InventQjaya Sdn Bhd.

This follows the Court of Appeal’s decision yesterday to reject the company’s application for a stay of execution of the High Court’s judgment last month to wind it up.

Court of Appeal judges Justices Zaleha Zahari, Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Hasan Lah unanimously struck out InventQjaya’s application after allowing a preliminary objection by Senior Federal Counsel Pretam Singh.

The judges held that InventQjaya’s chief executive officer Dr Sadeg Mustafa Faris does not have locus standi to represent the firm.

On Dec 12 last year, High Court judge Justice Abdul Wahab Said Ahmad granted a petition to wind up InventQjaya as it owed the Government RM242mil.

InventQjaya was said to have failed to repay RM242,153,424.65, which it borrowed from the Government via an agreement dated June 18, 2003.

The firm was asked to return the sum after it had breached the terms of the agreement

The court had also appointed the Official Assignee as the provisional liquidator to run the company.

Earlier yesterday, Pretam Singh raised a preliminary objection to InventQjaya’s stay application saying that although Dr Sadeg had stated in his affidavit-in-support that he was the CEO, director and majority shareholder of the firm, a check with the Companies Commission of Malaysia showed otherwise.

He said Dr Sadeg held only one share in InventQjaya while 4,999,999 shares belonged to Reveo Incorporated in the United States.

“Therefore the affidavit was sworn by a very minute shareholder of InventQjaya and not the majority shareholder,” he said.

Pretam Singh also said Reveo Incorporated was a separate entity from Dr Sadeg and InventQjaya.

“The fact that Dr Sadeg signed both documents – the affidavit-in-support on Jan 3 and the application for judicial review – in Bangkok shows he has fled the country and is not interested to come back to lead InventQjaya,” he said.

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Prime Minister Denies Buying Executive Jet

Ladies and gentlemen, the word of the day is LEASE. Our PM has denied buying the Airbus A319, but the government is simply leasing it. Note the difference between buying and leasing. When you are buying, you got to pay for it, but when you are leasing it, then you are not paying for it. (sounds right?) News has been reported earlier on blogs here, here and here. Even reuters reported about it. And finally when stuff like this happened, our PM just need to come out and deny it. Case closed. Done. :-)

SEPANG, Jan 29 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Monday denied news reports that he had bought an executive jet, and explained that the government had only leased the aircraft from Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad.

The prime minister pointed out that the plane was not for his use alone.

"The jet is for use of the government, not the prime minister (only)," he told a news conference at the KL International Airport upon his return from London after having attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Elaborating, Abdullah said: "The aircraft belongs to Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad; it was (bought with) their money. We just leased it like how MAS (Malaysia Airlines) leases aircraft from them."

Websites had reported that Abdullah had bought an ACJ 319 VIP jet from Airbus at a cost of between US$55 million and US$60 million.

The websites claimed, among other things, that the aircraft based on the A320 model was undergoing internal refurbishing in Switzerland.

Explaining the rationale for leasing the aircraft, Abdullah said leasing enabled the government to save cost.

"Why do we (the government) have to buy aircraft? If we buy, we have to undertake repairs and expend on many other things.

"If is preferable to lease, and when there are repairs to be made, the lessor has to provide a replacement aircraft for our use," he said.

Abdullah pointed out that Penerbangan Malaysia stood to gain from the lease, just as it earned from the lease of aircraft to MAS.

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Jan 29, 2007

Opposition must rethink boycotts for future elections

What a great piece of news from NSTP. Remember bloggers vs NSTP?

(NST) WHAT next for the opposition? They spent the last two years criticising the government at their ceramah, in their party organ and on the Internet.

The boycott of the Batu Talam by-election was to have been the culmination of this campaign, that everything in Malaysia was heading in the wrong direction.

But, going by last night’s results, voters were not buying what the opposition has been dishing out over the last two years, including their call for a boycott on the grounds that the Election Commission was biased towards Barisan Nasional.

Rural Batu Talam folk came out in droves to vote, and sent a resounding message: BN rules OK.

A respectable 67.8 per cent of the voters or 7,131 voters came out to vote. The increase in the majority votes to 5,857 raised questions about the opposition and what they had been saying about the government.

Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, Umno information chief, said the by-election was a mid-term review of the administration.

"The voter turnout is an indication of the people’s acceptance of our policies. The opposition has obviously failed," he said.

On hindsight, what BN leaders had been saying about the opposition was true: They were scared of a beating and so they had to find a way out.

The boycott was a good and convenient way: Blame the Election Commission. At least their supporters would buy it, and they would not have to suffer the humiliation of a beating at the ballot box.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said: "If there are people who abstained from voting, it’s only their supporters.

"Those who understand the principles of democracy did not boycott. The opposition clearly failed."

But Pas deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa was unfazed by the result. He said it should not be taken as a benchmark of the government’s performance.

"With the entire national BN machinery in that rural area, the result should have been better for the government. I believe the result is not an indictment of our strategy to boycott."

No one knew who boycotted the by-election. Even fence sitters, usually constituting about 20 per cent of registered voters, appeared not to have been influenced by the opposition’s call to boycott.

What more when the turnout was eight per cent less than the 2004 turnout. No one can claim that these registered voters were boycotting the by-election because they could be outstation or they were lazy to vote.

The lessons for the opposition are:

• Go back to the drawing board and rethink the boycott strategy, and

• Engage BN in any election while continuing to lobby for reform of the Election Commission.

The other thing the opposition has to realise is this: As long as the rural folk agree that things are fine under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, they will continue to vote for the government they can trust.

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Blogger RockyBru to remove 48 articles

(TheStar) KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Ahiruddin Atan has agreed to immediately remove 48 articles cited in the New Straits Times libel suit against him to avoid prejudicing the trial.

Lawyers for Ahirudin Attan and the plaintiff, the New Straits Times newspaper, issued a joint statement before High Court Judge Mohamad Hishamuddin Yunus during a brief hearing in his chambers.

The joint statement by Ahirudin and the Times said both parties agreed to "henceforth not publish any articles, comments or posts regarding the dispute presently before the High Court'' that may prejudice a fair trial.

Ahirudin's counsel Edmund Bon said his client voluntarily removed about 400 comments received from readers because some may be construed as "borderline subjudice.''

The comments were in response to four entries posted after the lawsuit announcement.

"It is in no way an admission that any of the content was subjudice,'' Bon told The Associated Press.

"There was no way to remove only selected comments, so we had no alternative but to put it all off-line ... We do this to err on the side of caution, to let the judicial process take its due course.''

The lawsuits by the English-language newspaper were the first against Malaysian bloggers for publishing comments on the Internet.

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Jan 28, 2007

BN Wins In Batu Talam

So what is new?


(MalaysiaKini) Barisan Nasional today retained the Batu Talam state seat in a very comfortable victory over a novice independent.

BN’s Abdul Aziz Kiram steamrolled pass the 22-year-old Ng Chee Pang by amassing a whopping 5,857-vote majority. This is 3,186 votes more than the majority achieved in 2004 general election.

Abdul Aziz, 46, gained 6,276 votes while Ng garnered 419 votes. Ng also lost his RM5,000 deposit. There were 385 spoilt votes.

Returning Officer Abdul Kadir Awang Bakar made the announcement at about 8pm at the Raub Silver Jubilee Hall. Also present was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Both the candidates were not at the venue when the result was announced with Abdul Aziz arriving some minutes later, to be mobbed by his supporters.

The bigger majority is more significant for BN as the turnout for the by-election was slightly lower than what was achieved in the last general election.

Today some 7,131 or 67.32 percent of the 10,525 registered voters for the Batu Talam state seat went to the polls until the centres closed at 5pm.

In 2004, about 76.59 percent of the 10,866 registered voters voted to give a victory to BN in this traditional seat.

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Prime Minister attacks Internet users

Lies and lies.. so who is the liar?

(AFP) Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accused Malaysians of using the Internet to spread lies about him, according to a report today.

The premier also insisted he still had the support of the majority of Malaysians despite attacks by critics.

Abdullah said Malaysians were using the freedom and anonymity of the Internet and mobile text messages to make "unfounded allegations."

"This sort of freedom had made them resort to such action," Abdullah told the government-linked New Straits Times in an interview.

"Even bloggers or those who maintain websites use this opportunity to create stories. Lies after lies are being told. To them, everything is not right, everything is not good," he said.

"If I allow myself to be distracted by all this, I will not be able to do any work. That is what they want, that I not focus on my work."

His attack follows the launch of a controversial defamation suit against two Malaysian bloggers by the New Straits Times, for which Abdullah has voiced support despite heavy criticism of the action.

Abdullah said his detractors were trying to undermine his leadership but added that most Malaysians were still behind him.

"I know there are people who are trying their best to ridicule me. They make a mountain out of a molehill. They just want to rubbish me," said Abdullah.

"All this is expected in politics. No politician is liked by everyone. The most important thing is that I have the support of the majority," he said.

The New Straits Times' unprecedented suits against bloggers Ahirudin Attan and Jeff Ooi have triggered criticism from watchdogs, who say the moves will stifle free expression in Malaysia, where the media is tightly controlled.

Both writers have published articles critical of Malaysian government policy and Abdullah's administration. - AFP

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Jan 27, 2007

Prove Democracy Still Alive, Zam Tells Batu Talam Voters

"Go out to vote regardless of rain, storm or floods. Election machinery workers will help bring voters to their respective polling stations. Transport is not a problem."

RAUB, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Batu Talam voters have been urged to come out in full force to exercise their electoral right in Sunday's by-election to prove democracy is still alive in this country.

In making the call, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said though this was only a by-election, its outcome was significant as it would mirror the people's trust and confidence in the country's democratic process.

"They must come out in droves to cast their ballots. They should not listen to instigators. When the voters come out to vote tomorrow, they should not pay heed to Opposition claims that this by-election is undemocratic," he told reporters.

Zainuddin said he was optimistic Batu Talam voters would not be swayed by the Opposition's ploys to influence the electorate not to come out to vote.

The by-election is a straight fight between Barisan Nasional's (BN) Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram, 47, and an independent, Ng Chee Pang, 22.

Based on a study by agencies under the Information Ministry, he said, the voter turnout would be more than 65 per cent in tomorrow's polling.

"I hope the turnout will be higher than that...I believe the voters will show a higher commitment and determination to come out to vote to register their protest against the move by certain groups to boycott the polls," he said.

"The Opposition is not contesting to boycott the by-election. hoping that the people will also boycott the polls.

"That's their biggest expectation, (but) the voters must come out to vote to prove the Opposition is no longer relevant in Malaysia's democratic system," he said.

Elaborating on the Opposition's boycott move, Zainuddin said: "There is no more of such groups in Terengganu, there are still some in Kelantan, their defeat here (in Batu Talam) with a good voter turnout means it's only a matter of time they're no more in Kelantan, too. "Nevertheless, some are still fanatic, adamant to change and are backward- thinking, but many have turned against these groups," he said.

On his advice to Batu Talam voters, Zainuddin said: "Go out to vote regardless of rain, storm or floods. Election machinery workers will help bring voters to their respective polling stations. Transport is not a problem."

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So guess who will win Batu Talam By-election..

I think there is no need for guessing that who will this Batu Talam by-election. C'mon, a whole Barisan Nasional vs one small tiny independent candidate that is relatively unknown, Ng Chee Pang.

And our beloved PM is calling for voters to come out in full force to vote. While his son-in-law is aiming for the independent candidate to lose his deposit money. That guy is evil!.

DAVOS, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Friday urged voters in the Batu Talam state constituency to come out in full force and vote on Sunday to choose their representative in the Pahang State assembly.

He said that the by-election was called because the government did not want the people there to be without a representative after their previous state assemblyman died.

"As soon as the by-election for the seat is over on Sunday, they will have a state assemblyman to champion their interests," he told Malaysian journalists covering his participation in the World Economic Forum here.

Abdullah also hoped that the voters there would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate again just as they did in the 2004 general election.

"Of course I wish for the BN candidate to retain the Batu Talam seat," he added.

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Jan 26, 2007

Malaysia voted the best destination for world traveler

Something to boast, (oops, I meant to say boost) the image of Malaysia for Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and also the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia.

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- In what has come as a surprise to many in the US travel and tourism trade, Malaysia was voted the world's best tourism destination for 2006 by a prestigious US travel magazine.

This was the result of a poll conducted by Global Traveler magazine, a monthly published in Pennsylvania.

The publication describes itself as a business travel magazine that "takes into account the sophisticated lifestyle interests of today's executive travelers". The magazine claims to have a paid circulation of 60,055.

The extensive poll, the third such annual survey conducted by Global Traveler magazine amongst its readers between Feb 1, 2006 and Aug 31, 2006, addressed open-ended questions for the best in 42 categories.

A total of 13,653 completed questionnaires were received by the magazine from its readers.

The questionnaires, stretching to a total of six pages, were made available as an insert in the subscriber copies of the magazine and online at the Global Traveler magazine's website.

A spokesperson of FXExpress, which publishes the magazine, told Bernama that only those questions where more than 50 per cent of the questions werecompleted were counted; those answering fewer than 50 per cent were rejected.

Responses were also screened to ensure that there was no duplication. Members of the travel industry and employees of FXExpress publications were not allowed to participate.

Survey respondents spent a mean number of 61 nights last year on international business trips and 76 nights on domestic business trips.

They took an average of 18 international flights and 21 domestic flights per person during that period. Of all respondents, 76 per cent were male and 24 per cent were female, and average age was 45.

An elated Azizan Noordin, director (advertising) at the Tourism Malaysia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, arrived here to receive the award which was given at the Jumeira Essex House in New York in the presence of a large gathering of airline representatives, tour and travel operators, tourism consultants and the media.

"Naturally, Tourism Malaysia is proud to receive the award which also confirms that our pre-publicity for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 had been a success," he said in an interview with Bernama.

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Jan 25, 2007

Blogger RockyBru, Ahirudin Files Application To Strike Out NSTP's Suit

The power of Bloggers vs NSTP. Check out the hidden agenda behind the suit.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Blogger Ahirudin Attan has filed an application to strike out the defamation suit brought by the New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad and four others on the grounds that the suit is fatally deficient because it does not state the exact words in the publications.

The application was filed Wednesday. High Court judge Datuk Mohamed Hishamudin Mohamed Yunus fixed Feb 22 to hear the application.

Thursday was fixed for hearing of the interparte injunction sought by NSTP and the four to require Ahirudin, who was a former editor of the Malay Mail, to remove certain articles from his weblog and restrain him from further publishing articles defamatory to them.

The proceedings were held in chambers.

One of the plaintiff's counsels, Rishwan Singh, told reporters that all parties agreed that the striking out application be heard first before proceeding with the injunction application.

Ahirudin's counsel, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, told reporters that NSTP told the court that after it had filed the suit, four postings were still posted in Ahirudin's weblog and NSTP claimed that it was subjudice to the trial.

However, Malik Imitiaz said it was very unclear which posting in particular affected NSTP and the counsel needed to get instruction from Ahirudin.

The court fixed Monday to meet all the parties to determine this issue.

On Jan 4, NSTP, its deputy chairman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan, chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar, group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and former group editor Brendan Pereira filed a suit against Ahirudin for defamation and malicious falsehood.

The suit pertains to certain articles and postings that had been published, or permitted to be published, by Ahirudin on his weblog.

They claim that the articles refer to them and are defamatory.

Ahirudin, in his affidavit to support his striking out application, said the statement of claim did not state accurately the words complained about in the original language that it was published in.

The statement of claim only mentioned the translation which was not verified by the words complained about which was in Malay, he said.

Ahirudin claimed that the publications in his weblog referred to different subjects and related to different individuals and entities, including the plaintiffs.

Asked whether this was the first case that a blogger was being sued, another counsel representing Ahirudin, Edmund Bon, said that from his understanding, this was the first time in Malaysia a blogger was being sued by a newspaper.

The High Court was packed with local and foreign press members and other bloggers including fomer NSTP senior editors such as Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, Datuk Ahmad Talib and Nuraina A. Samad.

The plaintiffs also filed a similar action against another blogger, Ooi Chuan Aun, on the same day for defamation and malicious falsehood.

The suit relates to certain articles and posts published, or permitted to be published by Ooi on his weblog to defame the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs applied for an injunction requiring Ooi to remove certain articles from his weblog, which the High Court granted on Jan 11.

Ooi's case is fixed for hearing for interparte injunction on Jan 30 before Justice Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak.

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Malaysia's Anwar on the attack in return to political stage

Anwar is back with a vengeance?

(CNA) KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim is on the attack after returning to the political stage, launching a series of broadsides against the ruling party which he says is "rotten to the core".

Anwar was a celebrated deputy premier and heir-apparent to former leader Mahathir Mohamad until 1998, when he suffered a spectacular fall from grace, facing sodomy and corruption charges that landed him in jail for six years.

He was freed in September 2004, but until last April led a nomadic existence with stints lecturing in Britain, the US and Australia, and only in recent months has switched his focus back to the political scene.

"Like any established, long-serving, ruling party, they tend to rot," he said of the ruling United Malays National Organisation of which he was once a leading light, serving as a talented finance minister with strong Islamic credentials.

"They lose their ideas and massive corruption, lethargy and indolence are creeping in. They are all signs of a major disease," he said in an interview with AFP. "They are rotten to the core."

Anwar's sodomy conviction has been overturned but the corruption conviction still stands, barring him from standing for public office until April 2008.

National elections must be held by early 2009, but there is speculation that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who replaced Mahathir three years ago, will go to the people before that, effectively preventing Anwar from taking part.

In the meantime his party, "Keadilan" – or the People's Justice Party – is formally run by his wife and its only sitting parliamentary member, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Anwar has been lobbing blistering attacks on the government, mostly centred on the corruption which has calcified UMNO over its five decades in power and which Abdullah has been criticised for failing to address.

In press conferences at his sprawling home, he has called for a probe into the high-profile murder of a Mongolian model to determine whether the well-connected political analyst accused of organising the crime used government connections to do so.

He has also demanded the government investigate a 900-billion-dollar Russian fighter jet deal, which he said was "blatantly corrupt" and for which a former cabinet minister received a massive commission.

However, the hard-hitting accusations receive little airtime in Malaysia, where the tightly controlled media rarely publish any of his pronouncements – just one of the problems he faces as he tries to re-establish his political relevance.

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng says Keadilan has the potential to be an effective opposition, particularly after its coalition with the fundamentalist Islamic party PAS, but Anwar has a lot of work to do.

"If he's making a political comeback he needs to show a lot more commitment. He hasn't made many clear positions, he wasn't even here (in Malaysia) until a few months ago," he said.

"People remember his past associations; he hasn't created a new political identity. Anwar 'the opposition leader' is not established in the people's minds yet."

Anwar is keeping up a frantic schedule of public speaking engagements and rally appearances where he airs his charges of high-level corruption within the judiciary, the media and the electoral system.

"You try to talk about the murder and corruption and they pretend not to hear. (They behave) with impunity, bribing people, having lavish entertainment and having total control of the machine," he said.

But when the talk turns to his intentions and political plans, he is somewhat coy, even with regards to his role within his own party.

"I'm not going to be presumptuous, I've been asked to be more involved, but I'm not yet a candidate," he said. - AFP/so

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Jan 24, 2007

Khairy Jamaluddin wants Batu Talam independent candidate to lose deposit

RAUB, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth wants its campaign team to work harder to ensure that the independent candidate in the Batu Talam by-election on Sunday loses his deposit.

Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaludin said Wednesday that a big victory for the Barisan Nasional (BN) was important to show the people's solid support for the BN government.

While the Umno deputy president wanted the BN machinery to work hard to ensure a bigger majority for the coalition than in the 2004 general election, Umno Youth would work hard to ensure that the independent candidate lost his deposit, he told reporters.

Independent candidate Ng Chee Pang, 22, is crossing swords with the BN's Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram, 47, in the by-election which is being held following the death of Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku of the BN last Dec 27.

On preparations in the event of floods on polling day, Khairy said the Umno and BN Youth were making arrangements to ensure that the electorate could turn out to cast their votes.

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Abdullah Says He Will Continue To Run The Country

Luckily for us that our PM mentioned that. If he did't, then we don't really know who is actually running the country. Do we?

And it's not actually Tun Mahathir is impatient, it's the whole country is impatient.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says, he will continue to run the country as the Prime Minister as there is still a lot of work to be done.

"Well I think so (laughing), I think so. There is a lot of work to be done," said the prime minister during an interview on BBC's Special Edition of Asia Today aired live from London today.

Abdullah who was the special guest of the programme, was interviewed at his Dorchester Hotel suite by Zeinab Badawi.

Abdullah who took over the helm from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2004, was asked whether he still got the appetite for the job and would like to run again in the next election.

The Prime Minister stopped in London on his way to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

On his ties with Dr Mahathir, who had been criticising the government's policy under his leadership, Abdullah said the former leader had the right to say whatever he wanted.

"It is his right to say what he wants. I have a government to run. I have to do what I think is possible to do. The economy is better now and the Ninth Malaysia Plan has been launched in March and today it is gathering momentum.

"Maybe because we are a bit slow, that's why he (Dr Mahathir) was getting impatient," Abdullah said.

The prime minister said Malaysia had been practising a very moderate Islam by not marginalising the non-Muslims, bringing them into the power sharing government and permitting the freedom of worship.

On Muslim extremists who had hijacked the global agenda, Abdullah said Islam must be made to be understood by the people.

"We certainly have to provide them with an alternative in the sense that the ability to talk what Islam is, what Islam really is and what Islam wants us to do and to prove that Islam is not against modernity, to prove that Islam is still relevant today," he said.

Abdullah said Islam does not tolerate and compromise terrorism.

He said he had been promoting Islam Hadhari, a civilisational Islam approach initiated by him, which had been receiving good response from both the Muslim and Western world.

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Govt Won't Censor Internet Bloggers But They Must Be Responsible, Says Abdullah

LONDON, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- The government won't censor Malaysian bloggers on the Internet but they must be responsible for what they write, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday.

"We do not censor the Internet and that's our policy, but they (bloggers) must understand that there are also laws on defamation and sedition, for example.

"These laws are enforced. They should bear in mind that they cannot hide and they cannot take advantage of doing something against the law," he told Malaysian reporters here in his first comments on the country's growing number of online bloggers of late.

He was responding to a question on legal suits for alleged defamation filed by The New Straits Times newspaper and four of its senior executives against two popular blogs, Screenshots and Rocky Bru.

"The law is the law. They cannot hide and hope to be protected under some kind of a cover or whatever they think that they have," the prime minister added.

Abdullah said it was obvious that for bloggers and for journalists of other media, duty and responsibility must go together.

"And if you want freedom, what is freedom without responsibility," he asked. "I don't agree with freedom without responsibility. Freedom without responsibility is anarchy. Actually it becomes irresponsible," he added.

Earlier, Abdullah spoke at a gathering of scholars and diplomats organised by Britain's International Institute for Strategic Studies on what the West and the Muslim world could do to moderate the tensions and close the divide between them.

He made an impassioned plea to both sides to end the Palestinian conflict which he described as the single most powerful factor for the divide.

The prime minister also witnessed the presentation of a 50,000 pound Sterling (RM350,000) donation to the nearby London School of Economics (LSE) from four Malaysian ex-students of the prestigious university.

The four donors are Malaysia Airlines chairman Datuk Dr Munir Majid, AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes, businessman Datuk Azman Yahya and Carmen Chuah who gave 10,000 pound Sterling (RM70,000) each and the other 10,000 pound Sterling from the LSE Alumni Society of Malaysia.

The donation would be used to set up a teaching room named Malaysia Room at the university.

Abdullah told some 100 Malaysian students of the LSE present at the ceremony that Malaysia needed quality human capital to face up to the challenges and competition in the country's march to become a developed nation by 2020.

"We need our young people to have the best education to survive and to compete especially with China and India. There's no other means except to strengthen our human capital," he said.

The Prime Minister later left for Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.

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Fund to help bloggers facing legal action

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: A legal fund will soon be set up to provide financial assistance for bloggers who face legal action, such as the defamation suits by the New Straits Times Press (M) Sdn Bhd (NSTP) against bloggers Jeff Ooi and Ahirudin Attan.

Speaking at a press conference held by the Centre of Independent Journalism (CIJ) here Tuesday, Ooi said the legal fund was an initiative made by fellow bloggers and would be taken care of by people with good reputations.

"The proceeds will not only be used to protect bloggers against suits but also to provide training workshops in the field of investigative journalism for bloggers, subject to the approval of the trustees."

According to Ahirudin, possible trustees for the fund include the former Prime Minister’s daughter Marina Mahathir and former NSTP group editor-in-chief A. Kadir Jasin.

Ooi added that the unprecedented move by NSTP to sue bloggers had created a climate of fear in the blogosphere but had also provided opportunities for positive ramifications.

On Thursday, the court is to hear an interparte application for an injunction on Ahirudin, while Ooi’s interparte application hearing will be on Jan 30.

Ooi, who also has an exparte injunction against him to remove allegedly defamatory postings on his Screenshots blog, described the case as the first time in Malaysian history that ownership of "opinion space" was being subjected to a court of law.

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Jan 23, 2007

Karpal urges police to use affidavit to reopen case of men charged

Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri admitted he had killed six to seven people.

Wow!. Six to seven people!! Who are those people?

(NST) The police have been urged to reopen investigations into the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case in the wake of what the man charged with abetting in the crime had said in his affidavit.

Lawyer Karpal Singh, who is holding a watching brief for Altantuya’s family, said the startling revelations in the affidavit by political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, read at the Shah Alam High Court on Friday in support of his bail application, had brought into focus the necessity to reopen investigations.

Abdul Razak stated in his affidavit that he had a seven-month affair with Altantuya before their relationship turned sour.

He had been with her in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, France and Kuala Lumpur between 2004 and 2005, and they had been lovers.

"She claimed to be a student and did side business (cari makan sampingan)," Abdul Razak said, adding that he gave her money on several occasions, including US$10,000 (RM35,000) on three occasions.

This money, he said, was to meet the medical expenses of Altantuya’s mother, who was suffering from cancer.

Abdul Razak said sometime towards the end of 2005, he stopped giving her money and lodged a police report on Oct 23 last year as "I could not tolerate her nuisance".

Karpal, who is also the Bukit Gelugor MP, called on the police to record the statement from the Commissioner for Oaths who affirmed Abdul Razak’s affidavit.

"The commissioner would certainly be an important prosecution witness at the trial," he said.

"The affidavit is a sworn statement and amounts to evidence as if given from the witness box under oath.

"The evidence in the affidavit is stronger than a cautioned statement, which is not given under oath."

Karpal said the affidavit itself seemed like a confession and this led to judge Datuk K.N. Segara to comment that "there is also no dispute that the accused, on face value, abetted in the crime".

The judge also said Abdul Razak and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, one of the men charged with her murder, were in constant communication before Altantuya was killed.

Karpal called on the police to investigate Abdul Razak’s assertion that Azilah admitted he had killed six to seven people.

"This incriminating statement is compounded by the fact that Azilah is a chief inspector attached to the Special Action Squad."

Karpal said every effort should be made to bring to justice those responsible for Altantuya’s murder.

The case created a media frenzy after it was reported that Altantuya was shot before her body was blown up using explosives.

Her bone fragments were found in a jungle clearing near Shah Alam.

Abdul Razak is charged with abetting Azilah, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, in Altantuya’s murder.

Azilah and Sirul were alleged to have committed the offence in Bukit Raja, Petaling, between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20.

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Multimedia University has a decade of history

Multimed University (MMU) was officially launched by Tun Mahathir on July 9, 1999. While Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali was appointed the Chancellor of Multimedia.

MMU was part of Tun Mahathir's vision for Malaysia to achieve as a developed country by 2020.

Multimedia Super Corridor is a Government designated zone, designed to leapfrog Malaysia into the information and knowledge age. It originally includes an area of approximately 15x50 km² which stretches from the Petronas Twin Towers to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and also includes the towns of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. It has been expanded to include the entire Klang Valley on 7 December 2006.

The MSC Malaysia Flagship Applications consists seven type of applications:

1. Electronic Government
2. Multipurpose Card (MyKad)
3. Smart School
4. Telehealth
5. Research and Development Clusters
6. E-Business
7. Technopreneur Development

To know more of MSC, check out the wiki or MSC's website.

Question : So what is the progress of MSC now?. What is the plan from the current PM?

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'Cops used excessive force on anti-toll demonstrators'

Just say TAK NAK! to toll?

Checkout the photo gallery by MalaysiaKini.

(The Sun) PETALING JAYA (Jan 22, 2007): Police have been accused of using excessive force to arrest demonstrators who were about to hold a peaceful protest against toll hikes at the Cheras toll plaza yesterday.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party would lodge a complaint to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and was considering legal action against the police force.

In a press conference at the Selangor DAP office today which was attended by four men who claimed they were beaten up, a short video clip was also shown of 28-year-old manager Ho Chee Loong being assaulted during his arrest.

The four - who showed bruises and scratches on their bodies - are members of Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Action Committee (BMC).

The committee was formed by the residents after their only access road to the township was allegedly blocked illegally by Grand Saga, the Kajang-Cheras Highway concessionaire. As a result, they were forced to pay toll.

Chee Loong and his brother Chee Hui, 27, a technician, were arrested together and were allegedly roughed up when they struggled.

Chee Loong said the policemen, who were in plainclothes, had no reason to use force against them as they were unarmed and were not violent.

He alleged the policemen hit him in the groin when he struggled.

"They also beat me with batons and bare hands. My shirt was torn by them," he claimed, adding that he was given outpatient treatment in the Kajang Hospital and given a three-day medical leave.

The video-clip showed Chee Loong and Chee Hui being dragged into a police truck. The former was later seen being punched several times by an unidentified police officer.

BMC chairman Tan Boon Wah, 37, and Tan Han Kuo, 40, a businessman, also accused police of arresting them without giving them sufficient time to disperse.

The Sunday demonstration, where 21 protesters were arrested, was the third demonstration organised by Protes - a coalition against the toll hikes at five private highways in the Klang Valley from Jan 1.

Those arrested included Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua, DAP's Ronnie Liu and PAS treasurer-general Dr Hatta Ramli.

Police did not arrest anyone in the last two demonstrations held at the Sunway City toll plaza and Gombak respectively.

Kajang police chief ACP Rosli Md Nizam, when contacted, said he had not viewed the video clip.

He said Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang and Guan Eng had met him on Sunday in the police headquarters over the detention of the protesters but did not raise the allegations with him.

"The assembly was illegal as they had no permit and we acted according to the law. Minimum force was used when some resisted arrest. They struggled violently when my men tried to handcuff them," he said.

He added that four of those detained complained of health problems and were promptly taken to the Kajang Hospital where they were treated and released. He added their condition was not serious as they would otherwise have been warded.

Police had recorded statements from all those detained. Investigation papers will be handed to the Attorney-General's Chambers

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Jan 22, 2007

Batu Talam Polls May Be Deferred If Floods Worsen

Even the power of democracy is not a match for the power of mother nature.

Batu Talam Polls May Be Deferred If Floods Worsen

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- Polling for the Batu Talam by-election, which has been fixed on Jan 28, will be deferred to another date if the floods in Pahang worsen and spread to Raub, said Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor.

However, he said, there was no sign of the floods deteriorating and affecting the process of the Batu Talam by-election.

"So far, the voting centres are not affected by the floods," said Kamaruzaman when contacted by Bernama Monday.

The Batu Talam by-election, being held following the death of Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan last Dec 27, will see a two-corner fight between BN candidate, Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram, 47, and independent Ng Chee Pang, 22.

Kamaruzaman said if any of the voting centres for the by-election could not be used because of the floods, the EC would gazette new ones to replace them.

He did not foresee any problem in replacing the voting centres as there were many schools in the area.

A total of 11 schools and a community hall have been gazetted as voting centres for the Batu Talam by-election.

Asked on problems by voters affected by the floods to go to the polls, Kamaruzaman said it was not a problem for the EC to handle.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the BN machinery to take the necessary measures to ensure voters were able to cast their votes should there be no change in the flood situation in Raub.

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Jan 21, 2007

RM23 Million to restore PM's High School

WTF?! It is indeed shocking to hear that PM has allocated RM20 Million under 9MP to redevelop Bukit Mertajam High School, which is also PM's alma mater. And even more surprisingly, another additional RM3 million to restore Block C just like as it before.

RM20 Mln For Redevelopment Of Bukit Mertajam High School

SUBANG JAYA, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Thursday night made a surprise announcement that the government is allocating RM20 million under the Ninth Malaysia Plan for the redevelopment of Bukit Mertajam High School in Penang.

Abdullah also announced an additional RM3.5 million for the restoration of the school's Block C.

"We have decided the school heritage should be retained. At least Block C should be restored with the original look just like before.

"Therefore, the government has allocated RM3.5 million for the restoration work so that it will look good like so many years ago," he said in his speech at the Bukit Mertajam High School reunion dinner, here Thursday night.

About 700 former students and teachers attended the reunion dinner organised by the school alumni in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the school.

Abdullah was a former student of the school which was established on Jan 18, 1927. Bukit Mertajam High School was one of the earliest English schools in the northern part of peninsular Malaysia.

The redevelopment of the school would also include building a new hostel for the boys and the girls, laboratories, teachers' quarters and a sports pavilion at Jacob's Green.

It will be carried out over the next five years.

Maybe I should say Niamah! too.

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Jan 20, 2007

The routine of a PM's tasks

The routine of a PM's tasks :

  1. to stay elegantly silence
  2. to have a poor memory.
  3. and to deny all reports

He didnt remember purchasing a yatch from Turkey and surely now he didn't remember borrowing USD50 billion even when he is the Finance Minister.

So what did he remember?

PM: We are not borrowing foreign money to finance 9MP

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is not borrowing US$50bil (RM170bil) from overseas to finance the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP), said the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the country had enough money to fund its national development projects.

“I don’t remember making any such (US$50bil) loan, and I am the Finance Minister,” he said yesterday after the Sixth National Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council Meeting at Bank Negara.

“I know this question comes out because people are accusing us of not having enough money. We have enough money.”

Abdullah stressed that money had already been set aside for the 9MP.

To a question on whether it would be funded internally, Abdullah said: “Yes, yes.”

“Where do you hear such a tale from? Suka sangat dengar cerita ini. (People like listening to such tales),” he said dismissively.

Abdullah also denied that the economy was experiencing a downturn, saying: “I am confident that the economy will be growing even more rapidly.”

A blog ran an article “Malaysia was borrowing US$50bil without borrowing”.

It claimed that the money was purportedly procured from 25 prime banks and channelled through a private limited company which would act as a front for the Malaysian Government so that the country was not seen as borrowing from overseas.

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Boycotting By-election A Cowardly Act, Says Abdullah

Haha, our beloved PM said the same thing as his famous son-in-law. Pelik tapi benar!

Khairy : “Opposition leaders (DAP veteran) Lim Kit Siang, (PAS president) Abdul Hadi Awang, Anwar and (PAS secretary-general) Nasharuddin Mat Isa are cowards who are afraid to face the voters.

“If they continue like this, they might as well withdraw and disband their parties,” he added.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi described the decision by the opposition to boycott the Batu Talam state by-election and yet field a young independent candidate as a cowardly act.

The prime minister said that in fact PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP were afraid of losing to Barisan Nasional (BN) and the participation of an independent candidate was merely to deny BN a walkover.

"They are scared of competing... cowards, they field a youngster while they avoid a contest, they are scared of losing," he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting here Friday.

BN candidate Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram is facing an independent, Ng Chee Pang, 22, in a straight fight in the Batu Talam state by-election on Jan 28. According to the last electoral rolls, the constituency has 10,525 voters.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BN state assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan of cancer on Dec 27 last year.

Asked on the outcome of the election, Abdullah said BN would win easily as its candidate was merely facing an Independent.

"The BN election machinery is in full swing and God willing, victory is in our hands," he said.

The opposition parties are not taking part in the election as a protest against the Election Commission for what they claimed as running an unfair election system.

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Jan 19, 2007

Abdul Razak Baginda admits affair with slain Mongolian model

A written statement from the accused?

(The Sun) SHAH ALAM (Jan 19, 2007): In a desperate bid to secure bail, political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah today revealed in High Court his relationship with Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Saying that he first met Altantunya in Hongkong at the end of 2004, and in a relationship that lasted about eight months, Abdul Razak said he gave her US$10,000 three to four times, and more.

He said Altantuya told him that she was a student, and to earn a living she worked as a “part-timer” but Abdul Razak did not elaborate what it meant.

He said he also took pity on Altantuya because she said her mother had cancer.

Razak’s statement was contained in an affidavit tendered to the court by his counsel Wong Kian Kheong who read it out.

The affidavit was tendered by Wong in an attempt to obtain bail which High Court judge Datuk K.N.Segara had denied him earlier because there was no medical grounds to support his application for bail.

Wong told the court that there were no reasonable grounds to hold his client under detention as he has not been found guilty.

He then tendered the affidavit which details Abdul Razak’s movements, actions and relationship with Altantuya.

Abdul Razak said he got acquainted with the Mongolian woman in Hongkong at the end of 2004 and had met her in Shanghai in early 2005, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and France in middle of 2005.

The relationship continued for about seven to eight months until Abdul Razak ended it.
Razak said Altantuya identified herself as Aminah during their relationship.

Wong said Razak stopped giving money to Altantuya after she continued to demand for more and he could not tolerate it any longer.

During Wong’s argument, Abdul Razak was seen asking Wong’s assistant for a piece of paper to jot down something before passing it back for Wong’s attention.

In the affidavit, Abdul Razak also explained about the harassment he encountered from Altantuya when he decided to end his relationship with the woman.

He said the matter became serious when Altantuya continued with the harassments through SMSes and telephone calls and he decided to seek help when Altantuya threatened to harm his daughter.

Based on a lawyer’s advice, Abdul Razak hired a private detective, former policeman P. Balasubramaniam and an assistant.

The private investigators were supposed to provide security to him and his family members who were told about the affair with Altantuya.

Abdul Razak also sought the aid of a DSP Musa Safri who introduced him to C/Insp Azilah Hadri.

He said Musa had told him that Azilah would be able to help him and he met him (Azilah) personally once, while at other times the communication between both of them was through telephone.

Abdul Razak said in the affidavit that Azilah was responsible for the death of about six or more people and he would be able to help the political analyst.

At this point, lawyer representing Azilah, Zulkifli Noordin interjected by saying that the accusations against his client were unjust.

Segara ordered Zulkifli to sit and not to get excited as he was supposed to hold a watching brief and not take part in the proceedings.

As Wong continued with the affidavit, Segara interjected from time to time telling him to stick to the facts and not draw inferences from the events that unfolded as Abdul Razak attempted to “get rid” of Altantuya.

At one juncture, Wong skipped part of the affidavit on Abdul Razak meeting Musa at the Deputy Prime Minister's (DPM) office on official matters, during which he (Abdul Razak) enquired about Altantuya’s fate.

Segara became angry and said: “Why are you avoiding the part, there’s nothing to hide, the DPM would not be embarrassed if the matter is mentioned. This is the court. Everything has to be disclosed.”

Segara said the affidavit produced by Abdul Razak pointed to a conclusion that he had abetted with Azilah to “get rid” of Altantuya from his life, but the matter was to be deliberated when the trial begins.

He said Abdul Razak despite knowing that Azilah had killed several people, chose to continue seeking his aid.

Wong said Abdul Razak had specifically told Azilah not to cause any harm to Altantuya, but he did not want her to be sent to lock-up and later deported as the Mongolian would be angry with him and his relationship with her would come out in the open.

The court was also told that at one point, Azilah told Abdul Razak “Tonight sir, you can sleep peacefully”.

Wong also tried to substantiate his appeal for bail by saying that the previous two judges who heard Abdul Razak’s case had allowed him to be released on bail, but Segara cut him off by saying he will not comment on their decisions.

After Wong was done, DPP Salehuddin Saidin tried to stand up to speak but Segara quickly told him: “You don’t have to say anything.”

Wong declined to comment when asked if he would appeal against the decision.

Shedding tears, Abdul Razak hugged his wife, daughter, parents and siblings as he was led away by the police to prison.

Earlier, Segara said the court was unable to consider Abdul Razak’s application as he had not fulfilled the exceptional circumstance for him to be allowed bail.

“There is not a single evidence to show that he is incapacitated by illness. Is he telling the truth or is he malingering,” said Segara.

He said Abdul Razak had failed to produce a medical report in relation to his medical condition and therefore the court was put in a difficult situation as it was unable to weigh his application based on exceptional and special circumstances.

“Without the benefit of a medical report, I won’t even consider. It must be supported by documents. I have given enough time but the medical reports were not forthcoming at all.

“Affirment that he is suffering serious medical conditions and hypothesis that he requires constant medical attention is insufficient,” he added.

Segara also said he was rather amazed, based on details in the affidavit, that the medical conditions allegedly suffered by Abdul Razak was not detected by the Gleneages Medical Centre but was determined when he sought treatment in Kuala Lumpur Hospital after his remand.

Segara also said the offence Abdul Razak was charged with is serious and non-bailable.

However he said, Abdul Razak can at anytime approach the court if his medical condition, as claimed, became evident and the court would consider his application for bail at that time, based on evidence produced.

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