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The Home Ministry ‘s suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months beginning July 27 has shocked and angered Malaysians.

The fact that CIMB Chairman Datuk Seri Nasir Razak and Air Asia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes have condemned the government’s move reflects the shock and anger of the business community.

The move is certainly unjustified and unacceptable and is a blatant disregard of freedom of the press.

The Edge Media Group CEO and publisher Ho Kay Tat has said the weekly stood by its reports and saying that it has done nothing wrong.

If the Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily have made wrong reports, why can’t the government take the necessary legal action?

Ho certainly has the support of Malaysians when he said in a statement that “We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest”.

When the government decided to block access to whistle blower site Sarawak Report, it was criticized for not taking legal actions to rebut the allegations as well disregarding the no internet censorship guarantee, yet it did not want to pay heed to the justified criticisms.

Has the government run into panic amidst all the 1 MDB related allegations against the Prime Minister and the government?

Blocking access to Sarawak Report, banning MPs from travelling out of the country without any valid reason and suspending The Edge and the Edge Financial Daily have shown Malaysians that the government is hitting the panic buttons.

DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has five days ago said that blocking access to whistleblower site Sarawak Report will only cause further damage to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s credibility and will not end his woes over scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd, hitting the panic buttons will only worsen Najib’s credibility.

Teresa Kok

A copy of The Edge Financial Daily seen in this picture dated January 6, 2015. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 24, 2015.

The Home Ministry has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

A letter from the ministry stated that the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the letter said.

The Edge Media Group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat expressed disappointment with the ministry’s decision.

“We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest,” said Ho.

“This is nothing more than a move to shut us down in order to shut us up.”

Ho said The Edge will go to court and try and get the suspension lifted.

“To our readers and fellow Malaysians, you can continue to read our work through our digital platforms like The Edge Markets, The Edge PropertyThe Malaysian Insider and edgy.my,” said Ho.

Other digital options to deliver the news will also be explored.

“To our advertisers, we hope you will continue to support us through our digital platforms now that the print will not be available for three months,” said Ho.

The Edge Media Group’s Malaysian operations have a staff count of around 350. – July 24, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/the-edge-weekly-da ily-suspended-for-3-months-from-july-27#sthash.EFR6xmwi.dpuf

I read Tony Tan’s statement which accused Tony Pua’s wife of stashing RM3million abroad with abhorrence and disgust. I described him as “rascal” in my FB because he was and he is a rascal.

I must correct the mistake made by most journalists when they describe him as my former PA. I wish to reiterate here that this man has NEVER EVER been my PA, he was only one of the former volunteer assistants in my DAP Seputeh service center for about two years.

He doesn’t understand the English language but only understands Chinese and can only speak broken Bahasa Malaysia.

He was formerly a MCA member, he came over to the DAP after he apparently failed to get higher compensation for the squatters at the 4th mile Old Klang Road during the road expansion programme in 2001–2003.

When he was in DAP Seputeh, he was a nuisance and there were also allegations of financial improprieties against him in running programs in the party. He has also pitting members against each other. In the end, I had no choice but to finally terminate his services.

After he left my service centre, he got involved in some temples in my constituency. A year later, a Chinese temple committee member one (Chi Yuan Gong) came to me and complained about Tony Tan’s mishandling of the temple’s funds. I then exposed it to the media together with members of the temple committee.

Tony Tan then sued me and the temple committe members for defamation. He has changed a few lawyers and he finally lost the case and substantial cost was awarded to me. I then proceeded to execute the court’s decision against him and finally got the court to adjudge him a bankrupt when he could not pay.

In short, Tony Tan is morally and financially bankrupt. He slandered me during my General Elections 12 & 13 campaign. He also went around defaming other DAP leaders.

After GE13, an old lady came to my office and complained that a man who claimed to be my assistant has rented her double-story house in OUG for more than half a year but never paid rent. I then discovered that this man was Tony Tan.

I strongly believe that he is being paid by BN to defame me and other DAP leaders. This is how he survives … a BN stooge.

I just wish to urge the media not to credit him with the designation as “Teresa Kok’s former PA” when describing him in future news reports. Please …….thank you

[*I am re-posting this as this same post from last night could not be successfully shared as I put a link there, and shares only showed the link, but not my status]

Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man says any attempt to form a federal opposition coalition without PAS will fail as the Islamist party is the main opposition party in Malaysia. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 ― PAS is ready to operate on its own if it is excluded from the new opposition coalition dubbed by some as “Pakatan 2.0”, party deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has said.

The PAS leader was quoted by Sinar Harian today as saying that the Islamist party has experience being alienated in the past and and has worked on its own without the help of other opposition parties.

“PAS does not care seeing as the PAS now has more than one million members and PAS is considered as dominant among the opposition parties in this country,” Tuan Ibrahim had reportedly said.

“PAS is also fortifying the party through tours in (all) states plus gatherings at night,” he added.

But Tuan Ibrahim said, however, that any attempt to form a federal opposition coalition without PAS will fail as the Islamist party is the main opposition party in Malaysia.

“Any coalition without PAS will leave the said coalition unstable and not strong,” he claimed.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was declared dead by the DAP shortly after PAS decided during its June 6 muktamar to cut ties with its ally over a number of key ideological differences like its plan to introduce hudud in Kelantan.

After the declaration, the Penang government announced that it no longer considers itself to be a PR government.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state leadership, with the consensus of all 30 DAP, PKR and PAS assemblymen, has decided that its administration should be referred to as just the “Penang state government” while the state will continue to be governed according to the now-defunct pact’s 2009 Common Policy Framework.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-ready-to-go-it- alone-if-excluded-from-pakatan-2.0#sthash.D0k1Pp8O.dpuf

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Dow Jones & Company has told lawyers acting for Datuk Seri Najib Razak that there was no need for them to ask if Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had meant to accuse the Malaysian prime minister of misappropriating funds as the business daily’s reports provide a clear answer to their questions.

In its reply to Najib’s lawyers signed off by Dow Jones’ counsel and chief compliance officer Jason P. Conti, the US publisher that owns WSJ said that the two articles in question— a July 2 news report titled “Malaysia leader’s accounts probed” and an opinion piece on July 6 titled “Scandal in Malaysia” – were based on available facts.

“In your letter you ‘seek confirmation as to whether it is [our] position as taken in [The News Article and The Opinion] that [your] Client misappropriated nearly USD700 million belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad’,” Conti wrote in his reply for Dow Jones, referring to the July 8 request for confirmation from Najib’s lawyers in Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak Advocates & Solicitors.

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Semalam saya hadir rumah terbuka Hari Raya yang dihoskan oleh Speaker Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin di halaman Bangunan Parlimen.

Saya gembira melihat ramai pegawai Parlimen dan Ahli Parlimen hadir di rumah terbuka tersebut, termasuk Bung Moktar, Ahli Parlimen Kinabatangan, Sabah.

Selepas bersalam dengan Tan Sri Pandikar Amin, saya duduk semeja dengan Lim Lip Eng (Segambut) dan wanita yang paling berkuasa di Parlimen, Datuk Roosme. Saya berjenaka dengan beliau bahawa mungkin kedudukan Ahli Parlimen akan tukar berikutan dengan perkembangan politik dalam sidang yang akan datang kerana “Everything is possible now”😃

 

Ex DAP aide Tony Tan Chee Chong speaking at a press conference in Petaling Jaya. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — In the wake of opposition lawmaker Tony Pua’s criticism of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a former DAP member has accused the Petaling Jaya Utara MP of parking RM3 million abroad in his wife’s name.

Tony Tan Chee Chon, a former personal assistant to DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok who parted ways with the party under a cloud in 2007, claimed to have documents to back his allegation.

“Pua always asks about government accounts and say they must be transparent, but he should first declare his wealth,” he told a news conference here that had been organised by the Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, the man behind the recent controversial 1MDB-Sarawak Report video confession by Sarawakian Lester Melanyi.

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Seputeh MP Teresa Kok pointed out that by restricting access to SR’s website, Putrajaya has gone against the Multimedia Super Corridor Bill of Guarantee No. 7 which ensures foreign investors that there will be no censorship of the internet. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — The government should have just sued Sarawak Report instead of blocking it as by doing so, they created an “unmitigated political disaster,” DAP MP Teresa Kok said.

The Seputeh MP added that with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) move to block access here to the whistleblower site is merely an indication that Putrajaya has a lot more to hide than it has led on.

“If Sarawak Report has published fabricated lies, why can’t the government take legal action against it instead of blocking it?

“I wonder whether any leader in Barisan Nasional have (sic) the courage to tell Najib the truth that the move to block Sarawak Report was an unmitigated political disaster for the Prime Minister, as the move has made the PM look like having too much to hide,” she said in a statement today.

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