It looks like Bung Mokhtar has some serious competition for the Parliamentary Moron Of The Year Award 2011. Senator Ahmat Husin has blamed Facebook for the increase in divorce cases because "When a man logs on to facebook and sees a pretty woman......" He finished by urging the government to look into this problem.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Teoh Beng Hock's death, Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen said today that he had postponed proceeding to May 3 since all witnesses for the week had testified.
He said that the commission would call state assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Teoh's family members to testify next week.
Speaking to reporters outside the court room at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex, Jalan Duta here, Foong said he hoped the commission would be able to complete its inquiry into Teoh's death by next week. A total of 18 witnesses, comprising 15 Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers and three officers from a telecommunication company had been called to testify since last Monday (April 25).
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Azeem Hafeez Jamaluddin told the Inquiry that Hishamuddin had instructed the MACC officers involved in the case to say that the probe was headed by the state investigation unit chief Hairul Ilham Hamzah.
He added that in reality, the operations were carried out by Hishamuddin who has since been appointed the Negri Sembilan MACC director.
“In our police statements, we mentioned the operation was headed by Hishamuddin. But we were told by him (Hishamuddin) in a meeting to say that it was Hairul Ilham,” Azeem Hafeez, 27, said.
However, apart from saying it was Hairul Ilham who had headed the investigations, all MACC officers who had been queried had not lied about the circumstances surrounding Teoh's death, Azeem Hafeez added.
Counsel representing the Bar Council Cheow Wee read out some incriminating SMSes between Azeem Hafeez and two of his colleagues when questioning the MACC officer.
In one SMS to his colleague Zurinawati Zulkifli which cited that MACC's then director of investigations Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul had wanted to see all the officers to know what happened, Azeem Hafeez had replied: “For what? The story will become different as long as H. H (Hishamuddin Hashim) is there.”
Mohd Shukri is currently the MACC deputy commissioner in charge of operations.
Earlier in the day, Klang MACC officer Zulkefly Aziz, 44, admitted he had told some untruths to cover up the fact that he had played truant from work on July 16, 2009.
“Why didn't you tell the truth? You were on the CCTV recording. You realised your mistake but you have not corrected it until now,” chided commission chairman Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong.
Zulkefly also claimed that he slept at Plaza Masalam's common surau on the 13th floor.
Commissioner Datuk T. Selventhiranathan asked Zulkefly: “Why is your story so strange?”
“Putrajaya MACC's senior acting superintenden Ahmad Shafik pointed out, however, that Lee had submitted more than 50 receipts and that the MACC was unable to ascertain which receipt was issued for which project.
"The bumiputera contractors involved had lent their business licences to Lee and he was the one who coordinated and managed all the projects and programmes in the Seri Kembangan and Kuala Kubu Bharu state constituencies,” said Ahmad Shafik.
"Lee only communicated with Teoh, never with Ean Yong directly, and each meeting was face to face or via email. If the project was approved by (the state), Teoh would give Lee the green light. Upon completion, Ean Yong would issue the claims documents which were sent to the Land Office."
Before proceeding with the directive, Ahmad Shafik said he consulted MACC's deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull, who was then the investigations director.
Foong: Was it done?
Ahmad Shafik: For your information Your Honour, the circumstances in which I took over case were unusual - a witness had died, the other witnesses weren't cooperative, officers were threatened, etc.
"The orders from (Mohd) Shukri were that we don't need to probe further into DAP's bank account because it had no relevance to the case, which was being investigated under Section 18 (of the MACC Act)," he said.
Once he completed the investigation, he added, the papers were sent to the deputy public prosecutor - and he was ordered to stop looking further into the matter
What has been revealed from the RCI proceeding is that Ahmad Shafik said the money paid to the Serdang Aman DAP and the national DAP offices were actually reimbursement of advances to carry out programmes.
However, the relevant documentation supporting the advance reimbursement for Serdang Aman DAP office could not be found.
From the Spanker’s understanding of the news, the investigation ceased as the most important witness Teoh had died and other witnesses were not cooperative. The MACC actually didn’t actually wipe clean the record for the Seri Kembangan ADUN.
Although there is no concrete evidence that he had committed a crime, what about the DAP Secretary-General’s vision of achieving CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency?
Even though Ean Yong might not be legally wrong, his conduct of choosing his own contractors and allowing mark ups of the prices are morally wrong. We have to admit that cronyism is rife in the DAP when the DAP is the one who upholds transparency and anti-cronyism and anti-nepotism since day one.
Why were contracts from Seri Kembangan and Kuala Kubu Baru (which Ean Yong served as Adun angkat) only given to preferred contractors? Businessmen Lee Wye Wing admitted that he received the bulk of contracts from Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.
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Ean Yong until today keeps silent on his relationships with Lee Wye Weng. Why he had chosen a contractor from Seremban when there are thousands of Kelas-F contractors in Selangor?
Selangor assemblypersons receive an annual allocation of RM500,000. Executive councillors get an additional sum of RM100,000. The District and Land Office acts as custodian of the allocations. Ean Yong's adopted constituencies were Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baru.
Since Kuala Kubu Bharu is under MCA and therefore under “opposition” assemblyperson Wong Koon Mun, Ean Yong was entrusted with the constituency allocation of RM500,000.
However, since Jan 2011, YB Lau Wan Seng, ADUN Kampung Tunku had been appointed as new ADUN angkat for Kuala Kubu Baru, replacing Ean Yong. It is time for the DAP to do some serious house cleaning before the next general election which is around the corner.