By A Voice
They say they who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones. Corresponsingly, those who commit "cronyism" should not accuse other's of "cronyism".
And, those who demand proof should not support those who accuse other's without proof. The latter remark is intended to answer one commentator who seek to refute my list of Anwar's "cronies" by seeking proof.
Where is Anwar's proof then to accuse Najib of feminine indisgression, "murder" and commission taking from the Government's purchases of Scorpene and Sukhoi? Love or loath him, Anwar owe Najib proofs. Unsubstantiated accusation from one public figure to another public figure is defamatory.
On the subject of "cronyism", it is Anwar that challenged the public to name his "cronies". Since he did not define the "cronyism" term, Dr Mahathir's description was used. By that definition, there is no need to any proof. This is a court of public opinion and not a legal court.
I can vouch for the list I have provided from my years in the corporate sector analysing public companies and making a forte identifying "people behind those published names." These names come from the public but it is not ordinary man on the street but from dealings of my own and others.
To remind readers, the terms crony, cronies and cronyism remains in inverted commas as we await Anwar to shed more light on his definition. I sense it will be a while. He won't be dwelling on this issue any more.
Without having to open my own "six boxes", several sources reminded me of more names of Anwar's "crony". I am sure Ezam's promise to open his "six boxes" will shed even more. Why are we waiting?
Reading Tunku's posting on Najib's revelation, it reminded me of another important "crony" of Anwar.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Anwar Once Demanded Gambling Licence In Sabah, Says Najib
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, when he was Deputy Prime Minister once slammed the table and threw files to demand the Sabah government approve a licence for a four-digit lottery to a company he had an interest in, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the incident happened when Datuk Yong Teck Lee was Chief Minister of Sabah.
"He (Anwar) wanted the licence because his elder brother was the chairman of the company concerned," Najib said when campaigning for the Barisan Nasional in the run up to the Permatang Pauh by-election in Simpang Empat, Seberang Jaya here Wednesday night.
Yong Teck Lee was appointed Chief Minister of Sabah from 1996 to May 1998 while Anwar was deputy prime minister from 1993 until he was sacked from Umno in September 1998.
Najib said he was proud of the action of the Sabah government in upholding its principles to deny the unprincipled Anwar the licence.
"Now he is talking about forming a society of high moral values but before, demanded for a gambling licence to be approved," he said.
Earlier, at another function in Seberang Perai Tengah, Najib announced special allocations amounting to RM100,000 for each mosque and RM30,000 for each surau in the parliamentary constituency.
He also urged Muslims to remind united so that the community continued to remain strong.
The by-election on Aug 26 will see a three cornered fight between Anwar, who is now advisor of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the BN's Arif Shah Omar Shad and Hanafi Mamat of Angkatan Keadilan Islam Malaysia (Akim)..
My recollection on this deal differ from Tunku.
The group Najib meant is more likely to be "Duta Yap" or Dato Yap Seng Hock's Mycom Berhad. It relates with the issue of Sandakan Turf Club bid for numbered games.
Other than "Duta Yapp", the Hong Leong people are also involved. I mentioned yesterday the close relation of Anwar in assisting Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan to secure a Malaysian Bank.
... And More "Crony"
Commentator Wak Segen in Rocky Bru's enlisted additional names from the Skim Kontraktor Wibawa "cronies" like Projass Engineering and Espirit Group.
Projass is a company having a nice modern designed building near the Subang Jaya Masjid (below is RHB Bank) but the owners, which are Anwar's MCKK collegemate, already left the country for London strpping the company's cash. Isn't that a case of CBT?
In former Bank Negara Malaysia Adviser, Dato Abdul Murad bin Khalid Statutory Declaration of October 28, 1999, many names are mentioned, and the story told tallies with my own knowledge of events. A summary of the names and events are below:
1. Dato Murad, a company, Ben Harta Sdn Bhd and its nominee shareholders - Gan Hong Sin @ Lan Hong Sing and Gan Sor Ting
2. Nazri Abdullah's Group takeover NST Group with help from Maybank and Hong Leong's Seow Lun Hoo and Quek Leng Chan of Hong Leong;
3. Tong Koi Ong and the recipients of his monthly benevolence are YB Azmin's wife, Puan Shamsidar Tahrin, and one Encik Rahman;
4. Former CIA operative, Douglas H. Paal that was heading Asia Pacific Policy Centre;
5. Receipient of debt problem solved - Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, Puan Marina Yusof, and Penang based Mercury Securities shareholder - Chew Seng Guan and Encik Ahmad Kamal;
6. Sale of Matang Emas Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Taib Hamid; and
7. Faiz Abdullah (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's ghost writer) and Seow Lun Hoo of Hong Leong to purchase Kewangan Usaha Bersatu Berhad (KUBB).
The list of mentioning of Hong Leong Group association with Anwar reminded me of the same group's involvement in ECM Libra and their takeover of Avenue Asset.
I am reminded of one member of PACC then that is supposed to probe into the ECM Libra-Avenue scandal, as in Member of Parliament, YB Sarit Jusoh who controls Wembley Berhad as Anwar's "crony".
Really Anwar, you could either define your "crony" term or lay off this issue.