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I have been following the saga of 1MDB (Malaysia Development Berhad), the investment arm of the Malaysian Ministry of Finance established by the Prime Minister cum the Minister of Finance, Najib Razak.

Following the exposure of the “hanky-panky” in the company by the whistle-blower site, the Sarawak Report, the Malaysian opposition has had a field day in hammering Najib on the alleged financial mismanagement and likely fraud involving billion of ringgit (1USD = RM 3.71). The current biggest critic of 1MDB, particularly of PM Najib is the ex-long-serving Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir and he is asking the former to step down as the Prime Minister to save the ruling coalition from being routed in the next General election in 2018. Najib has yet to answer satisfactorily on the alleged missing 27 billion out of 1MDB’s 42 billion debt and his glaring conflict of interest in the whole affair.

Now Najib is on the defensive mode. He would not step down and now garnering the support of his UMNO members. He is going around the country to tell his brand of the story sans explanations on the missing billion. The divisional leaders seem to believe whatever he says and they have come out to support him. He also used his meeting with UMNO leaders to come out with statements that the whole UMNO was being threatened and of course the leaders backed him vociferously ( as these people also depend on the PM for lucrative contracts). Some Bloggers known to be close to Najib have also jumped on the bandwagon. And lately I noticed that many English sounding names have been trolling the online media to demonise Dr Mahathir.

One prominent UMNO blogger has mounted personal attacks on the former PM. It is said that he had an axe to grind with the ex-PM and more importantly he is eyeing for the post of the Chief Minister of the State of Sabah failing which as the next Governor: these two positions are at the discretion of the PM. He with Najib’s “blind” supporters are being theatrical in this 1MDB massive financial scandal.

I have made up my mind about the current ruling Coalition and its clueless and corrupt leader. I cannot wait to do my duty as a voter in GE 2018 , or  earlier should there be  a snap election.Let’s hope more voters are with me. I am done with supporting this Coalition all these years.

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It has been more than two weeks now since the unfortunate incident of a professor being suspended from his university for giving his academic opinion on the intervention of a hereditary Head of State regarding an inter-religious issue. The university is an international one in status and yet its callous move on the professor speaks volumes about its inability to stay in the global academic radar screen for good reputation and intellectual freedom.

Students and Lecturers protesting against Aziz Bari's suspension

The immediate response by students and the academic staff of the university was one of anger and frustration as they demanded in a demonstration that the professor be reinstated. Earlier on some half-baked politicians had bombarded the professor for his audacity to remark on the hereditary Head’s action. And I am most disappointed with my well-loved ex-PM, Tun Mahathir for labelling the professor as “biadap or kurang ajar” or in English “rude or uncultured”. Much as I respect Tun but I think his remark is uncalled for and rather misplaced and served to encourage simple-minded people to berate the academic.

Remember Tun when you were campaigning against the hereditary rulers’ legal immunity in the mid-eighties? What was that if not “kurang ajar“? Though I also became “kurang ajar” by truly supporting that constitutional amendment’s proposal as I think nobody should be above the law in this country.

Yang Bhg. Prof. Abdul Aziz Bari

Aziz Bari, the Professor in question is known to be neutral politically and being a professor of constitutional law he spoke from his learned mind when he made that comment on the hereditary ruler’s supposed inconsistency in making decision. If Prof Aziz Bari doesn’t make that comment who else would have made it? Certainly not a Chinese or an Indian professor who would be virtually torn to pieces by the mindless fanatics, blind to the core!

It is very important for the sake of the country and our future generation that the people who, by the accident of their birth, are revered blindly in this country, be educated and have legal advisors so that they don’t make remarks/decisions that amplify their bias or inconsistency. We are living in a multi-ethnic country for God’s sake. They should be protecting the interest of every citizen and not only a select group.

If their mistakes are not pointed out, they will continue to keep making them.

Intellectual freedom should be safeguarded and not be selectively grounded. Political interference in intellectual ruminations is a bane in our society. Politicians’ emotional outbursts in their game of political ploy is despicable as they give the impression of guarding the interests of the institutions but are actually playing on the emotion of the electorates. Let’s boot this kind of useless and idiotic politicians out in the next general election!

We need politicians but not the kind who think with their feet and blindly shoot and ask questions later. We also don’t need university administrators reeked with non-professional titles to bow to political pressure rather than using their own judgement. These administrators are traitors to the very institutions of higher learning that they represent. Shame on you the myopic Rector of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)!!

I would like to post the press statement by The Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE)

Media Statement 19th October 2011

The Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE) would like to draw attention to the recent allegations and undue pressures asserted upon our fellow academic Professor Abdul Aziz Bari.

We are concerned and troubled by the negative remarks and personal attacks towards Prof Abdul Aziz. He is well qualified to make his stand clear over matters within his field of expertise. Threats and personal attack are inappropriate and unprofessional when anyone who disagrees should be engaging him in a rational and professional discourse.

As an academic renowned for his contribution to the academia, Prof Aziz has the right to express his professional views freely and without prejudice as upheld by the notion of academic freedom. The academic freedom is a basic right of every academic, and must be respected and preserved.

The various principles of academic rights and academic freedom are enshrined in a UNESCO document, “Recommendations Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel”, which was conceded by the UNESCO General Assembly on the 11th of November 1997; among others, Articles 26 and 27 have stated clearly that academics’ freedom involves “the right to contribute to social change through freely expressing their opinion of state policies and of policies affecting higher education”. It further emphasizes that “they should not suffer any penalties simply because of the exercise of such rights”. The recent provocative actions directed towards Prof Aziz show a clear violation of the said articles.

MOVE/GERAK once again invites all concerned to reflect academic fundamental rights and freedom. As we envision Malaysia to be a developed nation, may this nation be not left behind in its fundamentals of upholding the sovereignty of academic institutions and that of academic freedom. Let us be hopeful to shape a country that provides world class education; excellent in all its ways, yet has not sacrificed its soul to get there. All stakeholders must be in compliance with the Recommendation for Malaysia to be a hub for higher education with world class universities.

Circulated on behalf of MOVE by

Rosli H Mahat

Secretary-General

Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE)

I am encouraged to read the above press statement; at least there is hope for our intellectual freedom. And we need more of Aziz Bari(s) to lead the intellectual movement in Malaysia. We must stop any attempt at rejecting academic opinions and sanctioning differing views.

And threatening Aziz Bari with a bullet in a letter to him is an act of cowardice of a low-down serf! The police should hunt the proverbial bastard down without fear or favour.

Every time Tun at 85, gets admitted to the hospital I feel a lump in my throat. Last year in Melbourne Australia he was down with a chest infection and admitted to the hospital there and yesterday 18 May he yet again suffered another chest infection and was admitted to IJN (National Heart Institute). Remember folks, it was Tun who mooted the idea of that iconic heart center following his heart attack over 20 years back. Tun has always trusted Malaysian doctors.

At that age when the body is not what it used to be, I would really like to give Tun an unsolicited advice to not be around too many people in a big crowd. People just love to shake Tun’s hands and as we know during the H1NI scare, germs can travel fast this way. The infection has become more frequent and this trend is not good for a person of Tun’s age. The medications themselves are not that hot on Tun’s aging liver and kidneys. I really appeal for Tun to rest and enjoy quality time with his family.

I don’t always agree with Tun on some of his policies, statements and actions. In fact I used to cringe every time Tun “hentam” (hammered) the West but I do respect him and will always love him as a leader who transformed Malaysia into a modern country it is today. Because of him we did not get left behind in the IT revolution. Doing things online is taken for granted now. The e-government project could not have taken off without political will because civil servants are usually routinized and hard to change. But Tun changed all that in late eighties and early nineties. The man has accomplished so much and set a foundation for succeeding leaders to further build on.

Long Live Tun M!

Tun is not perfect, neither anyone of us.

But a person is usually judged by the degree of good that he has done. It is not humanly possible to be good all the time. For me Tun is a gift to us Malaysians. For those who greatly dislike Tun, do search your soul and imagine if Tun had turned out to be like one of those African leaders who bled his country dry? What a catastrophe especially in a multiracial and multi-religious country like ours. Tun M kept it together during his 22-year tenure. His visionary leadership was instrumental in shaping the country’s outlook. He gave us Petronas Twin Towers, Putrajaya,KLIA and Sepang Formula 1 circuit and most importantly, he gave us pride to be Malaysians (except for those Malaysians who become drug mules and drug and human traffickers !)

I wish to pray based on my belief for Tun M’s speedy recovery and may his days are full of blessings. Amen