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The Barisan Nasional Hide and Seek Game: MPs get green light to go on overseas study trip

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Barisan Nasional had given its backbenchers the green light to go on an overseas study tour this month.

Najib, who is the BN chief whip, said he approved the study trip.

“I approve anything that is constructive. It (the study tour) is a programme initiated by the BN Backbenchers’ Club. It is up to them.

“It will be a good opportunity for our backbenchers to learn something,” he said yesterday after launching the Rakan Cop National Service programme.

Najib said the public should not read too much into the trip scheduled on the eve of Sept 16, the date opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said would see him forming the next government.

Anwar needs 30 backbenchers to defect to topple BN and the sudden nature of the trip has sparked speculation that the BN leadership was sending backbenchers away to pre-empt crossovers.

Yesterday, Najib quashed such talk and Anwar’s plans to form a new government on Sept 16.

21-08-2008: Anwar threatens to ‘open can of worms’


by Regina William

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Don’t push your luck with me or I will open your can of worms! This was the threat issued by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak following allegations which resurfaced here against him.

The latest was that of him ogling at the wife of Larut member of parliament (MP) and Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Hamzah Zainuddin a decade ago.

At a gathering in Permatang Pauh on Tuesday night, Hamzah repeated the allegations which first also surfaced in 1998.

“I am being very patient all this time, but I would like to warn them not to push me beyond the limit. If I open my mouth on personal matters, Najib will be kept busy answering them for a very long time. I have refrained from doing so, as this is not a personal battle but about the political future of the country.

“Remember, I too was in the government and I was privy to a lot of information. Najib knows what I know and he knows what I am talking about. Don’t push me to respond or he will regret it,” Anwar said. [more]

Anwar’s Second Sex Case Puts Malaysia Courts on Trial (Update2)

By Angus Whitley

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — The first time Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, was accused of illegal sex with a man, the court proceedings so dismayed a Universiti Malaya law lecturer that he told his students to throw away their textbooks.

“What’s admissible is irrelevant, what’s relevant is not admissible,” retired High Court and Court of Appeal Judge Shaik Daud Ismail said he told his class after the trial that convicted Anwar started in 1998.

A decade later, with Anwar facing similar charges, Shaik Daud, 72, says Malaysia’s judiciary still needs reform.

“The system is crooked,” said Shaik Daud, who calls himself politically independent.

Anwar, 61, served six years in prison before his conviction was overturned in 2004. Now leader of the opposition, he says the new case was fabricated to stop him from ousting the ruling coalition that banished him the last time he was accused. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, Anwar’s rival to succeed Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, denies that. [more]

Malaysia’s Anwar accuses govt of ‘dirty tricks’ in by-election

3 days ago

PENANG, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia’s opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday accused the government of using “dirty tricks” to disrupt his campaign to return to parliament in a by-election.

Anwar said the government had ordered its supporters to heckle him over allegations he sodomised a young male aide, which he has dismissed as a plot to derail his ambitions of seizing power.

And he said the ruling coalition was playing on tensions between Malaysia’s majority Malays and minority ethnic Chinese and Indians, by sending SMS text messages to Malay villagers slamming Anwar as an “agent of the Chinese”.

“These are dirty tactics. It is a malicious campaign on their part and is completely immoral,” he told a press conference.

“Look at our campaign slogan, it is “Reform” and “Independence”. But their leaders, led by (Deputy Premier) Najib Razak, asked them to shout ‘sodomy’ to our camp of supporters,” he said. [more]

Responding to Anwar Ibrahim, fuel prices may be set lower, says DPM

THe New Straits Times Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Fuel prices may be set lower if the government can afford to pay even more in subsidies than it does, the deputy prime minister said.

“Anything can be done to bring down the price of fuel at the pump.

“Anything is possible, but it depends on how much you want to set aside in subsidies,” Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

He said the government’s huge subsidy bill was a drain on resources which could be put to better use elsewhere.

Najib was responding to de facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s latest promise to bring down fuel prices at the pump by 70 sen a litre.

Najib said increasing subsidies was wrong on three counts: it meant a larger burden on the government, it bucked worldwide economic trends to reduce subsidies and it encouraged consumption and not conservation. [more]

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Najib Razak’s link to sex scandal and Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy accusation rock Malaysia

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia, right, with his deputy, Najib Razak. Mr. Najib’s name has surfaced in connection with the case of a woman who was killed in 2006

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia, right, with his deputy, Najib Razak. Mr. Najib’s name has surfaced in connection with the case of a woman who was killed in 2006

By THOMAS FULLER, New York Times
Published: August 4, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Government censors in this majority Muslim nation have upheld an ethos of modesty by snipping sex scenes from films and banning entertainers from wearing outfits that reveal too much on Malaysian stages; bare belly buttons and figure-hugging outfits are off limits.

But these days Malaysians looking to avoid R-rated content might be advised to steer clear of news reports about their own leaders. Two top politicians are embroiled in scandal, one accused of sodomy and the other of romantic links to a Mongolian woman gruesomely killed in 2006.

Reports on the finer points of a rectal examination and revelations about the sexual preferences of the dead woman make other sex scandals that once shocked people here — including Monica Lewinsky and her blue dress — seem almost Victorian.

This is not the first time that sex and politics have collided in Malaysia. In the 1990s, the sodomy trial of Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, featured, among other highlights, a bloodstained mattress being hauled into the courtroom.

This time, wider use of the Internet has helped disseminate documents, facts and rumors that would otherwise have been filtered out of the mainstream news media that are tightly controlled by the government.

The scandals encompass much more than sex; each is a potential career-ender for a man vying to become Malaysia’s next prime minister, with control over a political patronage system that dominates the economy.

Mr. Anwar is now facing new accusations of sodomy — a crime punishable here by up to 20 years in prison — at a time when he is making strides toward unseating the governing coalition, which has run Malaysia since its independence from Britain 51 years ago. His principal political rival, Najib Razak, the deputy prime minister and anointed heir to the current prime minister, has been persistently linked to the slain Mongolian woman, despite his insistence that he never even met her. She was shot and her body obliterated with explosives in the jungle outside Kuala Lumpur.

The defendants in that case are a former political adviser to Mr. Najib and two commandos who were bodyguards for Malaysia’s top leaders.

Tampering is suspected in both cases. Testimony revealed that immigration records of the slain woman had been deleted. Witnesses have dropped from sight, including a private investigator, Balasubramaniam Perumal, who said in a sworn statement in early July that the Mongolian woman was Mr. Najib’s mistress. He retracted his allegations the next day in a hastily convened news conference, and then disappeared, along with his wife and three children. The family’s two Rottweilers were left behind in their cages.

“It’s obvious what has happened here,” said Americk Sidhu, the investigator’s lawyer. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Somebody needed him to shut up.”

Mr. Balasubramaniam, who worked for the Najib adviser now on trial, Abdul Razak Baginda, spent two months writing and revising a 16-page declaration about the case, based on conversations he had with Mr. Abdul Razak and, before her death, with the woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu. [more]Please click here to read the whole article.

Anwar Takes Najib To Task On Altantuya Photos

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been asked to explain the claim made in a court testimonial today that he had been photographed with murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said it was all the more compelling for the deputy premier to explain since he had previously denied having met her.

The trials of Anwar: Accuser of Anwar Ibrahim Met Government Ministers Before Making Accusation

Jul 17th 2008 | BANGKOK
From The Economist print edition
The opposition leader and another critic arrested
SO FAR, the case against Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s main opposition leader, has stayed pretty close to the script from 1998. Now, as then, he poses a threat to the prime minister of the day. Also as then, he faces accusations of “sodomy” (ie, homosexual sex, a crime in Malaysia) from an aide. And on July 16th, in another flashback to 1998, armed police in balaclavas pounced on Mr Anwar and took him for questioning.

Last time Mr Anwar was beaten during interrogation and appeared in court with a black eye. He was jailed for 15 years but freed in 2004 after the appeal court overturned his conviction. This time Mr Anwar, who had briefly sought refuge in the Turkish embassy when the accusations surfaced, was released on bail after one night in custody. No charges have yet been filed. The prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, promised there would be no repeat of the “black-eye incident”.

Mr Badawi is fighting for survival after his coalition’s poor showing against the opposition in elections in March. He promises to hand over to his deputy, Najib Razak, in 2010—but he may not last that long. Before the latest sodomy allegation, Mr Anwar claimed he was close to getting enough defections from the government benches to achieve a parliamentary majority. He says the accusations are a plot to stop him taking power and prevent him from presenting new evidence that Malaysia’s current police chief and attorney-general helped fabricate evidence against him in 1998. Then, the accusations against Mr Anwar surfaced after he was sacked as deputy to the then prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, and made claims of corruption in the government. Evidence has recently emerged that seems to support Mr Anwar’s claims of political interference in the judiciary, both under Mr Badawi and Dr Mahathir.

Embarrassingly for the government, the opposition has produced photographs of Mr Anwar’s accuser, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, meeting various government ministers, lending weight to the claim that it is all a political plot. Mr Najib has admitted to meeting Mr Saiful shortly before he went to the police with his accusation, but denies being behind the allegations. [more]

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