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Some mentions about the aspiring next No.1 Umno

Posted on: October 13, 2008

Altantuya-Najib allegations resurface
Oct 12, 08 2:54am
Altantuya Shariibuu, the controversially murdered Mongolian national, and Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak are back again in the spotlight.


Making waves in cyberspace is an article entitled ‘Abuse of power by the deputy prime minister’ appearing in ISA detainee Raja Petra Kamarudin’s Malaysia Today website.

muhammad shafee abdullahThe report reveals a string of SMS messages purportedly exchanged between Najib and lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (left) over a period of nearly one month, starting from Nov 8 to Dec 2, 2006.

abdul razak bagindaTheir correspondence revolved around Abdul Razak Baginda (right), one of Najib’s advisors charged with abetting two police officers in the slaying of the 28-year old Mongolian national – with whom the deputy premier has been alleged to have had a sexual relationship.

Tipped to succeed Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he steps down by March next year, Najib is now in locked in the throes of a heated race for top party posts in his Umno party.

Not only is he contesting the Umno presidency, which Abdullah is vacating, he is also busily organising and installing a line-up of lieutenants who can help him shore up power in his bid to become the next premier.

No effect on campaign

However, his supporters deny the latest news could have any effect on his campaign.

“We are not bothered about that,” said a long-time close supporter told Malaysiakini. “It is obviously intended to sabotage him but he is riding a wave of popularity now. I don’t think Umno members have much choice anyway.”

anwar najib mongolian altantuya 210407Yet the 55-year old Najib, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, has taken the trouble to swear his innocence twice. The last was at mosque during the Permatang Pauh by-election tussle with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

In delegates’ conferences at 191 Umno divisions across the country, Najib has secured 28 nominations – winning the thumbs-up from all the divisions that have voted so far.The UK-trained economist needs to obtain a total of 58 nominations in order to stand for party election in March next year.

So far, no one else has been nominated to contest the presidency – which comes with the premiership in tow – but party watchers say it it is still a long journey ahead, with another three weeks to go until nominations end on Nov 9.

Anti-Najib banners

raja petraMeanwhile, anti-Najib banners have sprung up in some parts of the city. Civil groups have been condemning Raja Petra’s (right) detention under the Internal Security Act, calling for the oppressive law – that was originally intended to contain terrorists – to be repealed.

Some critics have even suggested that his arrest was to stop him from writing about the Altantuya murder, which could potentially upset Najib’s plan of becoming the nation’s next prime minister.

“The extension detention order is clearly politically motivated to silence critics and dissenting views from the government. Raja Petra has been very vocal in exposing corruption and abuse of powers in the government, especially the gruesome murder of the Mongolian women, Altantuya that may implicate powerful figures in the government,” said Syed Ibrahim, chairman of the Abolish ISA movement.

String of SMSes

The Malaysia Today article, which came out on Saturday, said while the SMS correspondence did “not answer lingering questions about Najib’s alleged past relations with Altantuya, the text messages show clearly Najib’s active intereference in the case very early on.”

One of the text messages allegedly sent by Najib said that Razak “will face a tentative charge but all is not lost.”

rosmah mansor and altantuya murder caseThe article went on to question: “This message raises a lot of questions about Najib’s role in this case. Why did he mention ‘tentative’ charge and that ‘all is not lost’ for Razak Baginda?  How would Najib know this before Razak was charged?  Is there already a deal in place that will see Razak aquitted?”
Raja Petra, the editor of Malaysia Today, was arrested under the ISA last month and jailed for two years for allegedly disrespecting Islam in some of the articles that had appeared on the website.

A thorn in Najib’s flesh, Raja Petra – who is also a well-known supporter of Anwar – has published numerous exposes about Najib and his wife on his website.

He is also facing sedition charges for having allegedly implied the deputy premier and his wife, Rosmah Mansor (left in above photo) were involved in Altantuya’s death. Both have denied the allegation.


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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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