Allegations By WSJ That Najib Pursued A Pro-China Foreign Policy To Cover Up The 1MDB Scandal Must Be Investigated

The Wall Street Journal has alleged that officials from China told their Malaysian counterparts that it would use its influence to persuade other countries to drop 1MDB-related investigations in return for stakes in Malaysian railway and pipeline projects for the Belt and Road Initiative.
It was also alleged that China offered to bug the Hong Kong homes and offices of WSJ reporters working on the 1MDB story.

More worryingly, it was also claimed that “secret talks” were held “…to let Chinese navy ships dock at two Malaysian ports”, although this apparently did not come to pass.

The report also noted that the Prime Minister at the time, Najib Razak had voiced support for China’s position in the South China Sea dispute.

If these allegations are true, it would suggest that the actions of the previous administration had seriously compromised Malaysia’s sovereignty and neutrality to protect certain political actors.

These claims must hence be thoroughly investigated, and stern legal action should be taken against the perpetrators if warranted.

Moreover, the government of the People’s Republic of China must come clean over whether these allegations are true or not. Merely denying by saying China does not interfere in the affairs of other countries is not sufficient.

I also hope that the Malaysian government will take positive steps to defend our legitimate rights over the South China Sea in light of these revelations.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
KEADILAN ORGANISING SECRETARY
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Responding To The Announcement Of The New KEADILAN MPP Lineup

Upon the announcement of the new KEADILAN Central Leadership Council (MPP) line-up, Deputy President Azmin Ali has voiced out that the appointments were not made in the party’s best interests as it would hinder KEADILAN from moving forward.

Earlier in November, during the party’s National Congress, KEADILAN President Anwar Ibrahim had stated that he would incorporate the best talents from across the spectrum of the party including Rafizi Ramli who lost narrowly to Azmin in the race for the Deputy Presidency.

At that time, Azmin affirmed that he was willing to give his full support to Anwar as well as Rafizi to strengthen the party. Azmin further added that he believed that Rafizi had a substantial role to play in order to ensure the party’s leadership was inclusive.

The appointments made by Anwar were made in the presence of the MPP and it took into account all views of the MPP. Undeniably, Azmin and many from his camp had won positions in the recent elections. However, Rafizi not only lost by a narrow margin but won in many divisions. A good leader would make sure to join these forces together.

Among those that were newly appointed, some were openly with Azmin, some with Rafizi and some were not part of either camp. From Azmin’s camp, this includes newly appointed Vice President and Saratok MP Ali Biju as well as Strategic Director Dr Mansor Othman.

Dr Edmund Santhara Kumar, who won as an MPP under Azmin’s camp, was appointed as Deputy Secretary General.

Two other personalities from Azmin’s camp – Shamsul Iskandar, who was the losing Vice President candidate with the highest vote was appointed as Information Chief while Lee Khai Loon, the losing MPP candidate with the highest vote was appointed to the MPP.

To represent the Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) community, Raymond Ahuar was given a position as the Muslim Bumiputera community are represented with Rahimah Majid in the MPP while Dr Christina Liew, a Chinese, is the Chairperson for KEADILAN Sabah.

At the same time, Faizal Sanusi, formerly Leader of PRM Youth prior to the merger with Parti Keadilan, and subsequently KEADILAN Youth Deputy Leader who is not associated with any camp, was also appointed.

The party’s Political Bureau had also cautioned the Women’s wing for announcing the appointment of State Women’s Chiefs prior to the appointment of State Chairpersons. The Standing Order clearly states that the appointment can only be done by the Leader of the Women’s wing after consulting the State Chairpersons and Division Women’s Chiefs.

Ultimately, the rakyat wants KEADILAN and Pakatan Harapan to focus on pursuing reforms and implementing the manifesto now. The time has certainly come for us to make that agenda – particularly on propelling economic growth and creating a more equal economy – our utmost priority.

KEADILAN should certainly be proud of its diverse and capable leadership from all over the nation, both men and women, old and young—as what was reflected in yesterday’s appointment. The party is open to diverse views within the party as part and parcel of democracy but we believe in harnessing that diversity for the good of the country.

Let’s all focus on rallying behind the new leadership lineup and serving the rakyat.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD won as a member of the MPP and was appointed as the Organising Secretary for KEADILAN. He is also the MP for Setiawangsa. His bestselling book on the elections, ‘9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline’ is available in major bookshops as well as online at Youbeli.com.

The Issue Of UMNO Leaders Crossing Over

As reported in the media, a number of UMNO figures, including Members of Parliament, have left or are allegedly planning to leave their party with the apparent view of joining Pakatan Harapan.

While their freedom of association must to be respected, including for legislators to change their alliegances, it is also important that the choice of the Malaysian voters during the last General Elections be protected.

Indiscriminately accepting defectors makes a mockery of the electoral process and will erode the credibility of our democracy.

Pakatan Harapan has the numbers to govern in Parliament. Any issue that requires a two-thirds majority only ought to be attempted via bipartisan efforts involving both the government and Opposition.

As such, I hope that no political figure from the opposition will be accepted into any Pakatan Harapan component party without the consensus and consent of its leadership, through the Presidential Council.

Also, any unjust marginalisation of opposition legislators and supporters must cease. Malaysians must be confident that we will not only be a new government, but also govern in a new manner. We need a strong Opposition to prevent past tragedies from repeating itself.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Issues

A number of bilateral issues have recently arisen between Malaysia and Singapore. These include the Seletar Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ILS Approach Procedures as well as various outstanding maritime boundary delimitation issues.

Malaysia’s action in extending the Johor Bahru port limits is well within our rights as a sovereign nation and under international law.

Malaysia of course wants good relations with Singapore and everything must be done to ensure an amicable solution to these as well as other bilateral issues.

However, Singapore needs to respect Malaysia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in order for this to happen.

Cooler heads must prevail. At the same time, mutual trust and respect are essential for our two countries to be able to move forward together.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR SETIAWANGSA

DPP’s Decision To Discontinue Black505 Case Appeal

I have been informed by my lawyers that the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) has decided to discontinue the appeal to increase the RM1500 fine imposed against me under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 due to the 2013 Black 505 rally.

The Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed the government’s appeal in January, which allowed me to contest in the 14th General Elections.

I am grateful that the DPP has agreed to do so as I have long believed that the time resources spent on prosecuting me over what was ultimately a peaceful rally could have been better used elsewhere.

Moreover, the Kuala Lumpur High Court also awarded me RM230,000 in damages for malfeasance in public office against the Attorney-General of the time and the government then. I was repeatedly charged after being acquitted by the Court of Appeal presided by Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof (now Speaker of Dewan Rakyat), Datuk Mah Weng Kwai and Datuk Dr. Hamid Sultan Abu Backer that declared Section 9(5) PAA was unconstitutional.

I consider this matter closed and I hope the government will work together with Parliament as well as civil society to consider how the freedom of assembly can continue to be exercised peaceably and lawfully by all Malaysians.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Welcoming The Re-Opening Of Purchase Of Submarines

There have been media reports that the authorities have re-opened investigations into the controversial 2002 purchase of the two French Scorpene submarines.

This highly-welcome development vindicates years of work—not only by Pakatan Harapan figures—but also members of the media and civil society, who sought to expose the truth about the deals in the face of great adversity.

If the case has indeed been re-opened, the authorities must carry out the new investigations with all due dispatch and charge any party they believe is guilty of wrongdoing.

Moreover, the Pakatan Harapan government should recommit itself to ensuring greater transparency and accountability when it comes to defence and indeed, all forms of government procurement.

It should identify, publicise and implement measures to ensure that our taxpayer ringgits are not wasted and that our serving men and women are adequately equipped to defend our land.

The sorry, sordid saga of the Scorpene submarines should never be repeated again.

NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
KEADILAN CENTRAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBER
SETIAWANGSA MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT