Thursday, July 30, 2015

BNM Governor Zeti is fine, and working as usual

The Inspector General of Police refuted rumours that Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhbar Aziz (pictures) was investigated for allegedly being involved in a plot to topple the prime minister. — Reuters pic
image credit: Reuters

The following content reproduced entirely from Astro Awani:

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is healthy and did not suffer from heart attack as rumored.

This was confirmed by an official from BNM Corporate Relations Department when contacted by Astro AWANI.

According to the official, Zeti came to work as usual and was not admitted as rumored.

News portal Malaysia Gazette reported that Zeti did not turn up for work on Monday morning but had came in in the evening.

She was also busy with various internal BNM meetings, further quashing rumors that she was unwell.

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The following content reproduced entirely from the Malay Mail Online:

Rumours that police are investigating Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz for allegedly being involved in a plot to topple the prime minister is untrue, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Two days ago, the Internet was abuzz with speculation that Zeti and a few other BNM officials were investigated under Section 124 of the Penal Code in a supposed bid to sabotage the government’s special taskforce inquiry on the controversies surrounding Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) brainchild.

“No. She is not being investigated by us,” the Inspector-General of Police told reporters when asked for comment.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bukit Aman on Fire!

Latest update from Bukit Aman Corporate Communications: 

The fire was not inside the office but at the corridor of level 10. Smoke traveled to level 9.

The fire is not as bad as pictured in widely circulated images of the building. The impact was artificially amplified by the spot lights.

Only admin files were damaged by the fire. No investigation files were involved.

The following pictures have been shared with the media to prove that it happened at the corridor and not inside the office:

My original post:

A fire broke out at the Police Headquarters building in Bukit Aman. According to Asst Comm of Police Datin Asmawati Ahmad, head of Corporate Communications, the fire is believed to have originated on levels 9 and 10 of Menara 2, which house the Criminal Investigation and Narcotics departments.

"As with any other fire incidents, bomba will investigate the cause of the fire. Definitely, no conclusion has been reached yet," said Asmawati. No casualties have been reported till n now.

source: the star online
Azizan Ismail, KL Fire and Rescue Department operations director said the 24 firemen who were dispatched to the scene when his department received a call at 7.20pm managed to bring the blaze under control by 7.47pm.

The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that only unimportant documents were destroyed in the fire. He went on to say that the cause of the fire was being investigated.

images sourced from Berita Harian Online

Monday, July 27, 2015


Don't really have the mood to blog today, so here's a hastily put-together graphic for you:

and here's the requisite disclaimer: "Chopped" is an American reality TV series starring host Ted Allen, owned by Food Network. All copyrights and trademarks remain the property of Food Network.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Edge Owner & Editor Admit ‘misleading’ Justo Over US$2m Payment For Stolen Data

Media tycoon Datuk Tong Kooi Ong and Ho Kay Tat, the editor of The Edge Media Group, publicly confessed today to cheating Xavier Andre Justo over a promised US$2 million (RM7.6 million) payment in return for documents the Swiss man stole from his former employer PetroSaudi International (PSI).
The duo’s admission was published on The Malaysian Insider news portal, which is also under The Edge Media Group.
“Justo is obviously an angry man, and understandably so, as we did not pay him what he wanted.
“Yes, we misled him. But that was the only way to get hold of the evidence to expose how a small group of Malaysians and foreigners cheated the people of Malaysia of US$1.83 billion.
“His statement confirmed what we have said earlier i.e. we never paid anyone,” they said in the article that carried both their bylines.
The above article is reproduced entirely from The Malay Mail. Hit this lil fella to read the original 

Monday, July 20, 2015

From Guli Guli To Gula Gula & Finally To Gila Gila

Note: The following content is directly reproduced from The Malaysian Insider

Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing’s role as adviser to Datuk Seri Najib Razak ended early this month, say sources. – Twitter pic, July 21, 2015.
pic credit: twitter
Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, whose appointment as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s public campaign coordinator caused a stir, resigned from the position earlier this month, sources told The Malaysian Insider.
The Malaysian Insider understands that the advertising man's short-lived career as Najib's adviser ended in early July after he tendered his resignation.
This comes even as the embattled prime minister struggles to boost his dwindling support over issues related to the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the channelling of funds into his personal accounts and growing calls for him to step down over the matter.
Lim, it is learnt, had received his letter of appointment earlier this year from principal private secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Datuk Seri Azlin Alias, who died in April in a helicopter crash which also killed Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis.
The Malaysian Insider reported on May 22 that Lim, who had run Barisan Nasional's election campaigns previously, was made Najib's new public campaign coordinator in a charm offensive to win over Malaysians and shore up Najib's flagging popularity.
The 69-year-old, who is also a popular educationist, was appointed at the height of the 1MDB scandal, which has seen Najib facing the harshest criticism of his political career with allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds linked to the state investment vehicle.
More recently, Najib found himself at the centre of an election-funding scandal, where other companies linked to 1MDB had allegedly funnelled billions of ringgit into his personal bank accounts. 
Lim had joined the prime minister's group of official advisers who included Datuk Seri Dr Abdullah Md Zin, Datuk Johari Baharum, Tan Sri Rais Yatim and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. 
He had also said that his appointment was "nothing special", noting that he had worked for the Malaysian government since 1974 on the New Economic Policy.
His appointment, however, drew the ire of social media users who questioned Lim's integrity in aiding Najib who has been dogged by financial scandals.
Many also pointed out that Lim, despite his impressive credentials, will not be able to help Najib's cause due to the severity of the allegations against him, adding that his fee was "a waste of public funds".
It was also reported that soon after Lim had taken up the appointment, he had drawn up plans for Najib to go on a nationwide tour to garner support and listen to the complaints from the people.
The founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lim was also brought in to run a political campaign for Najib against his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had asked the prime minister to step down over the 1MDB scandal.
Lim, who has been involved in election campaigns for almost four decades, rode high during Dr Mahathir's administration.
Dr Mahathir had chided Lim for asking him to stop attacking Najib over the 1MDB scandal, accusing him of "working hard" to cover the wrongdoings in 1MDB.
Referring to Lim, the retired statesman had written in his blog that he had been advised by a "friend", who was recently appointed as PR strategist to the prime minister, not to attack Najib over 1MDB. 
But Dr Mahathir said, in the past, this "friend" had expressed concern about the policies and performance of the Najib administration and had urged him (Dr Mahathir) to do something about it. 
However, Dr Mahathir had said during a visit, this friend appeared to have changed and urged him not to attack the prime minister instead.
The Malaysian Insider attempted to contact Lim for confirmation over his resignation but the calls and WhatsApp text messages were not answered. – July 21, 2015.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The RM20k Question About IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar

Latest update as at 24th July 2015: A 26-year-old shop assistant who allegedly set up and operated the controversial "Papagomo Original" facebook page while claiming it was linked to the real Papagomo blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, has been remanded. We will update as we get more information> 

The Story:

UMNO linked blogger Papagomo, who arrested last week for instigating the Low Yat Plaza riot, has been blamed for another controversy about a purported RM20,000 bribe allegedly demanded by IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Khalid said an investigation had begun into a screenshot posted on the “Papagomo Original” page on Facebook. He was also quoted as saying that Papagomo’s lawyer Ahmad Shuaib Ismail had made a police report to say that the “Papagomo Original” page does not belong to the infamous blogger.

The screenshot is supposedly of a WhatsApp conversation between a caller and Khalid for “settling” the Low Yat case, and was posted with the remark: “As promised, after 48 hours Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar remained silent and did not want to correct the situation, I have to circulate this to protect the honour of the Malay race!”

Many commenters on Saturday 18th July said the screenshot was fake, because it carried the account name “KBA51″ with a photograph of Khalid. Although the name does appears similar to Khalid’s twitter account, closer inspection reveals Khalid’s Twitter handle as KBAB51, and not “KBA51″.

Commenters also pointed out that the screenshot did not show the two blue ticks that are placed by WhatsApp to denote that the message has been read.

Papagomo Original then criticised those who pointed to the lack of blue ticks by posting a screenshot of WhatsApp privacy settings to show that “read receipts” (the blue ticks) may be turned off.

Later, the page was updated with a comment to say that the conversation was not between Papagomo and Khalid but was that of a Malay middleman acting for a Plaza Low Yat “taiko” who wanted to settle their case.

Papagomo, whose name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, was held in police custody for three nights last week for posting false information about the theft of a mobile phone at Low Yat Plaza, and instigating the riot that subsequently took place. He was released from custody last Friday, just in time for Raya.

> Please note the 8 paragraphs above are from Free Malaysia Today. I have been duly chastised by Gobind Rudra for not crediting them and for my plagiarism. I do humbly apologise to FMT <

Papagomo’s background:

Papagomo is a convicted former traffic constable who has been controversial for several years, most notably for posting videos supposedly of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim engaged in sexual acts with a woman said to be a prostitute from China.

He was also noted for having been allowed on board a Navy submarine and taking photos of himself inside the submarine, which is one of two Scorpene Navy submarines purchased from France at the centre of the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case and bribery allegations.

Papagomo was ordered to pay Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim RM800,000 in damages over his blog posts despite his continued denials that he was not the offending blogger.

Indeed Judicial commissioner Rosilah Yop declared that Wan Mohd Azri was the “Papagomo” that was named in the defamation action and ordered him to pay an additional RM50,000 in costs to Anwar.

“We may be similar in features, but I am not Papagomo. It’s like Anwar in the images that he has denied was him,” Wan Mohd Azri said in a report by news portal Malaysiakini. He later admitted that he was, indeed, Papagomo.

Wan Mohd Azri was also ordered in another trial to pay businessman Abdul Razak Mohd Noor RM500,000 in damages over blog posts penned by “Papagomo” that implied Razak was a liar who earned millions of ringgit in the Commonwealth Games.

Papagomo’s arrest:

Among the posts Papagomo is said to have made on social media is that of a photo of a bloodied robbery victim from a different incident, which he claimed was the Malay “victim” of the Chinese “counterfeit” Oppo handphone shop in Plaza Low Yat which led to the brawl.

Police gave him a day to turn himself in but their warnings fell on deaf ears. The Police then arrested him last Tuesday 14th July for allegedly fanning racial tensions. Papagomo was released from the Dang Wangi police station at 4.40pm Friday 17th. He refused to speak to the reporters present at the scene.

Bukit Aman’s response:

Bukit Aman has chided the page for spreading false information with "the intention of destroying harmony and peace" and called on Malaysians not to let its messages go viral online.

Dang Wangi CID chief Deputy Supt M Gunalan confirmed the blogger's release. Papagomo was identified as one of the main players in spreading a message which led to a protest by hundreds in front of Low Yat plaza on Sunday 11th July, which later turned into a violent mob injuring five people.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar:

Malaysia's top cop has denied the widely circulating WhatsApp “conversation” purportedly released by Papagomo, in which he (Khalid) allegedly solicited a RM20,000 bribe to “settle” the Low Yat issue.

Khalid has vowed tough action - "We will arrest many more, especially those who abused social media. We will not compromise, I don't care what your race is. You try to fan racial tensions we will take stern action”

"I see there are also a few people giving their own 'analysis' on why this happened. Please be careful. If we find seditious elements we will also arrest," Khalid said.

I happen to agree with Khalid’s tough stance and his take on abuse of social media. Read what I wrote on this matter earlier here.

In the course of operating Malaysia’s 1st cyber NGO (crime safety and awareness group MARAH) over the last 3 years I have personally met and dealt with Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar many times, and have always found him to be a straight shooter. He is tough but fair.  

Khalid has an LLB (Hons) from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, which means he has a background in law. Therefore I would like to leave you with these 2 purely rhetorical question to ponder –

1 1. Let’s just get insane for a moment and consider that Khalid actually did ask for a bribe. Would he do it while communicating with a stranger via a Whatsapp account which carries his (khalid’s) own name and picture?

  2. Today when we talk about corruption we talk about billions, not millions anymore. Yet here we have someone trying to get us to believe that Malaysia’s top cop is “selling” his name and reputation for pocket change.

Whoever that pathetic Whatsapp and facebook forger is, he is a noob and seriously needs to up his game. Oh, and he needs to grow eyes in the back of his head, too as PDRM is closing in fast on him.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lenovo #LowYat To Pay Alleged Hand Phone Thief Damages?

image grab from Lenovo shop cctv

Psssst! Shahrul Anuar Abdul Aziz, your lawyer Sharuddin Ali is not doing his job lah. 

He should be asking the Lenovo shop #LowYat to pay you for allegedly stealing their S860 hand phone worth RM800.

Nah, read this....