Salleh moves to strike out CBT charge

Legal counsel argues RM250 million to NFCorp chairman was a loan, not a grant, rendering it a civil, not criminal matter. KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard an application to strike out two CBT charges against National Feedlot Corporation chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail for RM9.1 million and RM40 million. The court was…

More rope to hang Lukas Straumann?

It appears that there will be more rope to hang Bruno Manser Fund’s Dr Lukas Straumann for the defamatory statements made in recent weeks against Sarawak governor Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. Bruno Manser Fund and Sarawak Report have been challenging Taib to sue them, and claiming that a lack of a lawsuit…

Comedy of error in court by Shahnaz’s lawyer

News clips from media archives have been retrieved to confirm a contentious circus that transpired Wednesday at the Shariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab.  It was argued that Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib had brought an unmarried Australian woman to the wedding of his sibling…

PAC not to touch 1MDB, says chairman

Since an international audit firm has already cleared 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) financial dealings, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will not touch the government-link company (GLC). Athi Shankar of Free Malaysia Today has this report – PAC chairman says since an international audit firm has already given 1MDB the thumbs up, PAC has no…

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators: AirAsia chief

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators to streamline a fragmented safety framework and ensure common standards for aircrew training in the booming industry, AirAsia’s group chief executive officer said. The patchy airline safety record of Indonesia, the largest country in the region, has been in the spotlight after an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 crashed into…

Investigator dreads listening to last words of AirAsia pilot

Despite being an investigator for almost two decades, analysing the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 will be one of the toughest challenges for Nurcahyo Utomo, who knew the pilot personally, according to a report in the New Straits Times Online, quoting viva.co.id. Investigators are often unnerved with having to hear the repeated desperate pleas to God…

Stunning indictment of Sarawak Report

Winifred Poh who writes for Free Malaysia Today has taken up the challenge. Some weeks ago, she had written a piece (see here) which Clare Rewcastle of Sarawak Report subsequently took offence (see here). Today at Free Malaysia Today, she writes on the ugly story about the faking of evidence in Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu…

Shafee mounts pressure on Nurul, ripping credibility to shreds

The trial of the suit between National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) and its chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail (Plaintiffs) against Lembah Pantai MP and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Defendants) entered its second day today at the High Court at Kuala Lumpur before Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng.…

Nurul reckless and irresponsible. NFCorp sues.

The High Court of Kuala Lumpur today heard how reckless and irresponsible MP Nurul Izzah Anwar had been to lend credence to defamatory remarks delivered by PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli at a news conference. “Nurul ought to know that as a political figure, her words would carry weight with the members of the public…

Democracy under seige

Bridget Welsh is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of the National Taiwan University. She is based in Southeast Asia, where she works on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia and other countries in the region. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment. Recently she wrote – Between…