Distrust, history hold the final key to PH puzzle

IT may be the last piece in Pakatan Harapan’s jigsaw puzzle, but it is the hardest yet: who should lead the opposition coalition into GE14? The key to this PH dilemma revolves around Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old former prime minister, who stepped down 14 years ago. Sources told The Malaysian Insight while DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Amanah have agreed that Dr Mahathir be the “face of PH” going into the 14thgeneral election, there is a faction within PKR which opposes him. “Three of the parties have already…

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DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) said whatever information it has released regarding its 1Malaysia Development Bhd civil lawsuits are based on details that it believes can be upheld in court. However, it also cautioned that one should not draw any conclusions about the guilt or innocence of anyone simply because they had been named in the documents. The DoJ told Malaysiakini via email: “The law requires we allege sufficiently detailed facts to establish a reasonable belief that we will prevail at trial. “This means we have to allege…

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Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Methods, and Strategies of Modern Authoritarians [Report]

Key Findings Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to new strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves. Russia, under President Putin, has played an outsized role in the development of modern authoritarian systems, especially in media control, propaganda, the smothering of civil society, and the weakening of political pluralism. The toxic combination of unfair elections and “majoritarianism” is spreading to illiberal leaders in what are still partly democratic countries. Increasingly, populist politicians—once in office—claim the…

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Nice Money For Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)

20th June The Treasurer General of the Malaysian Indian Congress has been amongst the most vocal defenders of the Prime Minister with respect to the devastating new findings of the DOJ. Yesterday S Vell Paari came out supporting a list of all the top comical excuses drummed up over 1MDB: Malaysia had not been consulted, he lied; Malaysia is still investigating 1MDB, he again lied; the new case holds nothing new, he yet again lied; this was all a plot by unnamed Malaysian ‘opposition figures’, he then claimed and to…

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Hearing of Challenges to the Election Commission Should be Fair to All Parties

The Malaysian Bar is concerned about recent news reports stating that the Chief Justice of Malaysia has ordered that the hearing of two legal challenges against the Election Commission (“EC”) in relation to the ongoing electoral redelineation exercise be expedited to 20 June 2017. In the first of these two cases, involving the State of Selangor and the EC, case management had been set for 6 July 2017.  This relates to appeals by both parties with respect to the decision of the High Court.  The Registrar of the Court of…

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U.S. Seeks to Recover Approximately $540 Million Obtained From Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund (DOJ)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $540 million in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Combined with civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, seeking more than $1 billion, and civil forfeiture complaints filed last week seeking approximately $100 million in assets, this case represents the largest action brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Assets now subject to forfeiture in this case total…

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M’sians Living Overseas, What You Need To Do If You Want To Vote In GE14 (Malaysian Digest)

Over the course several months, there have been heavy speculations that we might not have to wait a full five years for the next General Election (GE). As a matter of fact, the year 2017 kicked off with Malaysians rushing off to the post office to be registered as voters to exercise their right to vote. While those based in Malaysia can easily sign up and perhaps endure a long waiting period as they wait their turn to be registered, the same cannot be said for Malaysians who are based…

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