Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

JOHOR BARU, Feb 12 — Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad today clarified that the agency had not lost RM4.3 billion as reported.

The Johor Baru Member of Parliament said he has a list of how the RM4.3 billion was utilised, namely for long term investment, both here and abroad.

“No money is lost. From the RM6 billion received when Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd was listed, we spent RM1.7 billion for Felda settlers to pay each family RM15,000.

“The balance of RM4.3 billion was used for various reasons. Felda made one off payments to the governments of Sabah (RM300 million), Pahang RM250 million, housing loan for Felda settlers RM400 million, management expenses RM883 million plus investments in property, both here and foreign countries, to buy shares and many others,” he said.

Shahrir was commenting on reports in a number of news portals that claimed RM6 billion received by Felda after the FGVH listing has not been accounted for. Read more

Another prisoner abuse allegation

Source: FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Another allegation of abuse of a detainee under the authorities’ custody has surfaced, barely a week after the custodial death of S Balamurugan.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said a prisoner of Sungai Jawi prison in the state was admitted into the intensive care unit of Seberang Jaya government hospital on Feb 8 from severe head and leg injuries.

Chandran Muniandy, 42, was also found to have several of his toe nails completely removed, said Ramasamy when contacted today.

“Unless he can feel absolutely no pain, there is no way he could have pulled his toenails on his own,” Ramasamy said. Read more

Ku Li: I won’t support any bill against constitution

Ku Li - Pic from FMT News

Ku Li – Pic from FMT News

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today said he will not support any bill that contravenes the Federal Constitution.

This includes the private member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, which seeks to enhance punishment for Muslims who commit offences under shariah law.

“If anything comes to the Dewan Rakyat and if it is against the constitution, I will not support it because I have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. It is not just on this bill,” he said.

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New findings show it’s time for arrests, say Balamurugan lawyers

Source: FMT News

Second autopsy shows he suffered multiple injuries, which triggered heart failure, while he was in police custody. Pic taken from FMT News.

Second autopsy shows he suffered multiple injuries, which triggered heart failure, while he was in police custody. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A second post mortem on S Balamurugan, 44, who died in police custody, has confirmed that he suffered “multiple beatings” while in custody, say his family’s lawyers.

In a statement, lawyers N Surendran and Latheefa Koya said results of the second post mortem carried out by Hospital Kuala Lumpur pathologists showed Balamurugan suffered multiple injuries to the chest, head, legs and back, which triggered a heart failure.

Based on the findings, the lawyers called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all police personnel who were involved in Balamurugan’s assault.

He died in police custody on Feb 8 in the North Klang police station, and according to news reports he was found with his face badly swollen and bleeding.

The first post mortem carried out at the Klang Hospital indicated that he died of “heart problems”. His family requested a second post mortem and this was granted by the Shah Alam High Court. Read more

Hadi’s Bill opens doors for disproportionate punishments, constitutional expert says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Professor Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi speaks at the forum 'Sejauh mana anda memahami hudud' at the PAUM Club House in Kuala Lumpur February 12, 2017. — Picture by Boo Su-Lyn

Professor Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi speaks at the forum ‘Sejauh mana anda memahami hudud’ at the PAUM Club House in Kuala Lumpur February 12, 2017. — Picture by Boo Su-Lyn

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — A private member’s Bill to enhance Shariah punishments will enable excessive sentences for religious offences that mostly victimless and non-violent, Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi said today.

The constitutional expert said the Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will also allow penalties for Shariah offences that are harsher than even punishments for heavier crimes in the civil system.

“Punishment must be proportionate to the offence committed,” the University of Malaya’s emeritus professor of law said in a forum on understanding the Islamic penal code of hudud organised by Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

“You’re going to have penalties of 100 lashes, RM100,000 fine, or 30 years’ jail for offences that are in some cases are purely victimless crimes. Some of Shariah crimes are victimless crimes — a person drinks, doesn’t pray, doesn’t fast — there is no clear harm to public order and national security.

“In Criminal Procedure Code, Penal Code, the offences are much lesser for much bigger offences,” Shad said. Read more

Southeast Asia will see upsurge in terrorism violence this year, UN reps warn

Source: Asian Correspondent

WITHOUT effective collaboration among ASEAN partners, terrorism in Southeast Asia will continue to thrive this year as foreign fighters now in the Middle East return to home soil to continue their campaign.

The warning by two United Nations representatives came following observations of the rise of terrorism activity in the region last year, in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

The duo – Jeremy Douglas, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Southeast Asia representative, and Joseph Gyte, UNODC Counter-terrorism consultant for the region – noting in an article on Bangkok Post that Daesh, or the Islamic State (IS) terror network, has in recent months shown great interest in the region.

They cited the uptick in terrorism activity in ASEAN nations last year as an example, pointing out that in Indonesia, the arrests and deaths of terrorist suspects had more than doubled to 170, while Malaysia experienced a steady stream of travel attempts of foreign fighters to Syria or Iraq and saw its first terror attack in June. Read more

[Updated] Felda chairman: Where did RM4.3b from listing go?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HAKAM comment: There is an update to this article: Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all [12 Feb 2017]

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — RM4.3 billion of the RM6 billion Felda earned from the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) is unaccounted for, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

In a report by Malay daily Sinar Harian, the Felda chairman said his agency received the amount as dividends from FGVH’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2012, but the missing billions has caused frustrations among Felda settlers.

“Felda received RM6 billion from the listing of FGVH which is Felda’s business asset. From that amount, we have spent RM1.7 billion as windfall,” Shahrir was quoted saying yesterday.

Shahrir said Felda awarded settlers and their families RM15,000 for each household, leaving behind a balance of RM4.3 billion.

“So where did this RM4.3 billion go? I think this has frustrated settlers who are very close to Felda … who admire the role of Felda … I think they have been disappointed,” Shahrir said.

In 2012, FGVH raised US$3.1 billion (RM10 billion) in Asia’s biggest IPO that year, with its stock selling for RM4.55 each.

Felda owns 21.25 per cent of FGVH.

Shahrir’s remark came as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained five people, three serving and two former staff of the Federal Land Development Authority last month, on suspicion of corruption relating to a sturgeon farming project worth RM146.25 million. Read more