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Malaysia’s Khairy Jamaluddin Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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You know about the craze, you’ve seen the videos, you’ve laughed your heads off, don’t deny it. Made even more popular with the help of celebrities from across the world, some of the world’s top DJs, and even Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg, more and more people are partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ever since the craze started, over USD$15.6 million (RM49.4 million) has been collected from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge throughout the world for the research of the Lou Gehrig disease. Of course, Malaysians too have joined the icy dare!

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday after tweeting that he had been nominated by various people.

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He later posted a photo of himself pouring a bucket of ice water over his own head at the National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil with a caption that simply read “Done”.

 

Despite royal reprimand, Anwar keeps faith with Dr Wan Azizah
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

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The PKR de facto leader fended off calls from within the party to submit more names and is adamant on Dr Wan Azizah being the only one put forth. — file picture

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is refusing to nominate anyone beyond his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to be Selangor mentri besar despite censure from the state palace for failing to submit three candidates as requested.

Party sources told local English daily The Star that the PKR de facto leader fended off calls from within the party to submit more names and is adamant on Dr Wan Azizah being the only one put forth.

“Azmin Ali had called on Anwar to be more rational and submit two more names as requested by the Sultan. But Anwar refused to budge,” said the source.

PAS previously proposed Azmin as an alternative to Dr Wan Azizah.

After being reproached by the Selangor palace for failing to comply with its request for at least three nominees for the Sultan’s consideration, PKR had said yesterday it would submit two more candidates within the next 48 hours.

The party’s secretary-general, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said PKR “will announce and explain” its next move once it is finalised.

Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah last week asked the three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties — DAP, PKR and PAS — to each send in at least three names for him to consider for the state government’s top post, by September 3.

The DAP and PKR were steadfast in their decision to nominate only Dr Wan Azizah for the post.

But PAS, in defiance of a PR presidential council decision on August 17, sent in three names yesterday.

Saifuddin said the party had contemplated PAS’ nominees, but no decisions have been made.

“Mustafa said two PKR and one PAS representative were named. We discussed the scenario… but even then we don’t know who their nominees from PKR were,” he said, referring to his PAS counterpart, Datuk Mustafa Ali.

PAS submitted three names to the state ruler directly from the party president’s office.

The current crisis stems from PKR’s move to oust Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from office, including sacking him from the party and leaving the state in the hands of an independent mentri besar.

Khalid has since resigned as mentri besar but remains in office in a caretaker capacity until his successor is chosen.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/despite-royal-reprimand-anwar-keeps-faith-with-dr-wan-azizah#sthash.R8Kk1jI2.dpuf

A spike in incidence of baby dumping in Malaysia has domestic and international officials scrambling to identify and address possible causes. What’s at the root of the problem?

Between the years 2005 and 2010, it is estimated that a little over 500 cases of “baby dumping” – the act of abandoning or discarding newborn babies out of windows, off of bridges, or into garbage disposals (among other gruesome methods), were reported in Malaysia. The Headquarters of Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) expects that, while a modest decrease in incidence has been observed in the years leading up to now, around 68 new cases will be reported in 2012.

Malaysian government officials, as well as countless professionals in the fields of social science and psychology, are working feverishly to determine the cause for this sudden spike in what was previously incredibly rare, and the reason for its persistence into the present at an eerily constant rate. With the majority of perpetrators being preteen and adolescent females, as well as of the Muslim Malay ethnic group, ongoing discussion of the issue in Malaysian media and academic journals has primarily attended to the moral and religious implications of sexual promiscuity, as well as efforts in reform of character that may lead to a decrease in “free sex” (sex without contraception) among Malaysian youth, and subsequently, in unwanted or unexpected pregnancies ending in dumping of newborns.

For example, one well received Malaysian study concluded that baby dumping would be significantly reduced pending the integration of religious guidance programs in schools, which would feature both teachings in Islam as well as other observed faiths. In addition, the study proposed that legal restrictions on pornography distribution and the ability of youth to reserve rooms in hotels and motels would curb this growing problem. That this study promoted inter-faith approaches to the religious guidance programs it recommended would suggest that religious standardization of a persecuting and exclusive nature is not necessarily a motivation at play for Malaysian authorities attempting to quell the trend. However, such campaigns arguably ignore the likelihood that many young women reported as having dumped their babies, who also happened to be Muslim Malay affiliates, may have been influenced in their decisions not by a lack of religious guidance, but rather by fear of particularly harsh judgment associated with sex and pregnancy out of wedlock. Currently, under Malaysian common and Islamic law, legal action may be taken against women who dump their babies. Having or performing an abortion is also severely punishable.

But it is not my intention to pass judgment on the role of religion in government, nor on the moral debate surrounding a woman’s right to choose. Rather, I seek to explore what exactly may be done, with the greatest potential for efficacy, to decrease the incidence of baby dumping in Malaysia and remedy underlying conditions that lead to baby dumping in the first place. But, you ask, what are those underlying conditions?

Consistent with the conclusion of the aforementioned study, there is unfortunately a lack of precedent in Malaysian law books regarding baby dumping, necessitating reform in both preventative and punitive legal measures, though perhaps not of the sort that morally charged campaigns are suggesting. Commenting on this, the domestic public service body Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) states that young women who resort to baby dumping are not likely doing so due to the negative influence of pornography. Additionally, it is true that limiting access to private space in which Malaysian youth might engage in unprotected sex, via the creation of law that restricts access to hotels and motels may result in a decrease in baby dumping down the line. However, such reforms do not address the root of the problem. As WAO goes on to advise, it is much more likely that these young women are suffering from limitations in their ability to discuss contraceptive preferences with their significant others, and more generally, from a lack of sexual education and female health care resources. Undoubtedly, these significant insufficiencies are cultivating circumstances that contribute to new mothers’ decisions to discard of their babies in such desperate fashion.

Make no mistake: Malaysian studies of the baby-dumping boom have certainly considered the possibilities afforded by reform in sex education and health resources availability. Rather than a lack of consideration, it is simply inadequate consideration that is disabling progress towards meaningful decreases in the rate of incidence. According to Dr. Meriam Omar Din, psychological counselor at the International Islam University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s pervading sponsorship of abstinence, often at the cost of adequate sexual health education in the school setting for girls and boys alike, may be directly contributing to the frequency of unwanted and unexpected pregnancies, and as such to the persistence of baby dumping. In 2010, the introduction of formal sex education curriculum into Malaysian schools was rejected by Malaysia’s Deputy Education Minister in favor of a more holistic “Social and Reproductive Health Studies,” curriculum that combines teaching in the physical sciences as well as moral and religious studies. Just last February, the Malaysian government banned sales of a popular sex education guidebook, developed British writer Peter Mayle with a youth audience in mind. Violators of this ban face jail time of up to three years.

Online research produces extremely little testimony from Malaysian perpetrators regarding what motivated them to dump their newborns. However, testimonial explorations from other countries have revealed the influence a lack of adequate sexual heath education and resources may have. For example, women accused of dumping their babies in Namibia claimed poor knowledge of contraceptive options and the possible consequences of unprotected sex, as well as unfamiliarity with services available to care for unwanted children, as having affected their decisions. Currently, with Malaysia denying formal sex education in schools and general variability in open discussion of sex in the home, it is no wonder unwanted pregnancies have risen. Poor accessibility to services and centers willing to take unwanted newborns leave new mothers with little choice in how to proceed.  As of now, there exist only three medical sites (baby hatches) in the entire country of Malaysia where women may anonymously leave unwanted newborns. It becomes possible to understand how, when provided no other options and faced with personal endangerment and persecution, should they keep their babies, young Malaysian women are opting to dump them instead.

What to do? Stubbornness on the part of the Malaysian government is impeding significant progress in the remediation of this crisis. As of now, efforts being made to increase access to sexual health education and resources for Malaysia’s youth are primarily being headed by non-state actors, IGOs, and domestic charities. As long as schools and homes remain comparably silent, the scope of impact will remain small. While bookshelves and young minds remain clear of the kind of information Malaysian officials believe encourage promiscuity and illegitimate births, women (and men) who could not get access to or did not know how to use a condom, could not discuss birth control or the biology of sex with their families or significant others, or knew not where to turn for social services and support, will continue to throw their babies away. They are stuck between the criminality of having the knowledge they need, and that of the consequences of their ignorance. What else can they do? There is no way to win. Domestic and international efforts to develop sexual health education and resource availability in Malaysia holds the key to providing them the choices that will save countless lives that, otherwise, may be so tragically wasted.

 

http://www.pennsid.org/2012/11/a-terrible-trend-ending-baby-dumping-in-malaysia/

Reject threats, violence or extremism, says Najib

January 30, 2014

The Prime Minister in his Chinese Year message calls for unity and racial harmony

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Tun Razak has called on Malaysians to reject any form of threat, violence or act of extremism that would strain the harmonious relationship shared and enjoyed by the various races in the country.

The prime minister, in his Chinese New Year greetings, said that while people rejoiced in welcoming the Year of the Horse, the unity and racial harmony that Malaysians had enjoyed so far must be upheld.

“I believe we should all listen to the voice of reason. It is therefore incumbent upon us to act sensibly and to listen to each other’s views.

“In Malaysia’s cultural melting pot, we must respect the rules of law and proceed with sensitivity toward other people’s beliefs,” he said in a post on his http://www.1Malaysia.com.my blog.

He pointed out that despite the transformation advances that had been made, there was still a long way to go and much work to do.

Najib said the transformation programmes needed support from the people from all walks of life – especially so from the Chinese community who are known for their entrepreneurial skills.

He also said that there were countless initiatives being undertaken to improve the livelihood of the people, such as ongoing programmes like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), 1Malaysia People’s Shops (KR1M), ‘Ops Harga’ against the arbitrary raising of prices and many others to help mitigate the pinch of global inflationary forces.

He said there were also ongoing consultative meetings and discussions that were focused solely on addressing the issue of easing the people’s burden and that the efforts would go asunder without the support of the people.

“Together, we must remain resilient in the face of economic challenges to sustain stability and progress for our future generation,” he said.

Najib also expressed his appreciation for the nation-building role played by Malaysian Chinese since independence.

– Bernama

 

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/01/30/reject-threats-violence-or-extremism-says-najib/

2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu

 
By Devinder Singh

NAYPYIDAW: Diana Bong delivered Malaysia’s first gold medal of the 2013 Sea Games after winning the women’s nanquan event today.

The wushu exponent from Sarawak scored 9.70 points to edge Vietnam’s Bui Minh Phuong by 0.02. Malaysia’s Tai Cheau Xuen took bronze with 9.67.

Diana’s win is Malaysia’s 998th gold medal in the history of the Games.

Gold medalist Diana Bong Siong Lin at the Women’s Wushu Taolu Nanquan event of the 27th SEA Games 2013 held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. — Photo by Goh Thean Howe

 

Read more: 2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-2013-sea-games-font-malaysia-wins-first-gold-from-wushu-1.424863#ixzz2n24s8hKU

The Aussie media on Malaysia: Compromised representation or manicured distortion?
BY AB SHAMSUL, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR – 3 SEPTEMBER 2013
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It is uncommon to find an English-speaking foreign diplomat serving in Malaysia who is proficient in Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

They can get by, by speaking English. A possible exception is the Malaysian specialist at the Japanese Embassy, who is not only proficient in Malay, but also able to read and write the Jawi script. It is rare for an Australian journalist writing and reporting on Malaysia to have a full command of, or write Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

Consequently, they have to depend on English language sources, oral and written, including syndicated news, or cameramen-cum-field assistants.

A belief that almost everything is available in English in Malaysia is somewhat true. But there is much, much more in Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban and Kadazan that are rich, complex and newsworthy.

Arguably, being dependent on English sources means that what is offered to the Australian public, at best, is a compromised representation about Malaysia, or, at the other end of the continuum, a manicured distortion.

In contrast, for those diplomats and journalists working in and reporting from Indonesia, a proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia is almost mandatory.

Some can even converse in Javanese, Sundanese and other local dialects – an impressive achievement indeed.

Therefore, it is imperative for Australian journalist, and embassy staffs, covering Malaysia to acquire the language proficiency skill in Malay, comparable to that of their colleagues, in Bahasa Indonesia, who report on Indonesia.

Indeed they also have to acquire proficiency at least in one other language, either Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

Without doubt, such linguistic proficiency, a fundamental skill in communication, is necessary to provide not only accurate, up-to-date and quality reporting, but also nuanced and sophisticated analysis.

The yawning gap of quality and sophistication between Australian media reporting on Indonesia and Malaysia will never be able to be closed, in view of the fact that journalists from major Australian news outlets are based in Jakarta, Bangkok, and/or Singapore.

This could mean one or two things: first, Malaysia is of a secondary interest to Australian media; or, since English is widely spoken in Malaysia, access to locals and local news sources aren’t as difficult as in Indonesia, where a good command of Bahasa Indonesia is a must.

As such, those reporting on Malaysia inevitably have to depend heavily on urban middle-class English-speaking Malaysian, most likely, those who are among the 300,000 Australian university graduates, about ten per cent of which are bumiputeras.

It is not a surprise, therefore, since the historic 12th General Election of 2008, in which the opposition coalition with the support of urban middle-class had inflicted the heaviest lost ever to the ruling party coalition, namely, the National Front, news on Malaysia in Australian mainstream media, based on content analysis, has increased noticeably.

The run-up to the 13th General Election of 2013 was well reported, with views from both sides of the political divide given almost equal attention.

However, the report centered around political activities in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in the highly urbanized Klang Valley region, and very little on what happened in Sarawak and Sabah.

Not surprisingly, the peak of the reporting reached its height when Senator Nick Xenophon, a known supporter of Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysia opposition leader, was refused entry into Malaysia and deported back to Australia on February 13, 2013.

Reaction from Australian and Malaysian media was widespread up until early April.

In spite of this, Anwar was still unhappy over Australia’s refusal to send observers for the May 5 elections.

This news of the refusal was widely covered in mainstream media in Australia and Malaysia.

But, Anwar was not happy because the Australian media didn’t put enough pressure on the Australian government to support his request.

He believed his coalition could win the election, but predicted it would be prevented from doing so at the polls, by what he claimed as “massive fraud.”

The opposition lost the election. A series of protest rallies, ala-Arab Spring against the “massive frauds” was immediately organised throughout major cities in Malaysia.

Around the same time, major rallies led by educated and disorganized middle-class protesters took place in Brazil, China, Turkey and in Egypt.

But such a protest in Malaysia quickly faded away, when the opposition party leaders and their Members of Parliament were sworn-in at Parliament, willingly, without any protest or the issue of the “massive fraud” being raised.

It could be argued that a lack of language skills of the main vernacular languages including Malay resulted in poor coverage of the May Malaysian election by the Australian media.

That Malaysia is relatively stable and peaceful, and really not an ideal source of sensational news could be another factor.

Bluntly put, news on Malaysia doesn’t sell as well as news from the ‘troubled’ islands in the Oceania, especially, if the news relate to the implementation of Australia’s contested immigration policy, namely, about the ‘boat people,’ which has now become an important issue in the campaign for the forthcoming Australian elections.

Shamsul AB, a Monash University alumnus, is a professor and media commentator on Malaysian current affairs, for local and international media, as well as a keen observer of anything Australian and also Australia-Malaysia relations since the 1980s.

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/09/03/the-aussie-media-on-malaysia-compromised-representation-or-manicured-distortion/

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NSC to form committee to assist probe into alleged rape at SUKMA 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council (NSC) will set up a committee soon to assist the investigation into the claim by an official that she was gang-raped by three teenage handball players at the 16th Malaysia Games (Sukma) Village, Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, near here, last Wednesday.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said the forming of the committee was the initiative of the national body and would comprise officials from the Malaysian Handball Federation (MHF), Federal Territory Sports Council (FTSC) and the NSC.

“For now, we have only decided on forming the committee before taking further action because we need complete evidence.

“As the handball contingent involved is under the FTSC, we asked them to take the initiative on the next course of action,” he told reporters after a meeting with the MHF and FTSC, here, today.

The media have reported that the official, a chaperon, alleged that the three handball players took turns to rape her at the Sukma Games village last Wednesday.

Zolkples clarified that the victim was a legitimate chaperon for the FT handball team although she was not registered with the NSC.

“I had made a statement previously that the official concerned was an additional official for the FT contingent who was not registered initially, hence her name was not in the contingent list.

“However, the state contingents were allowed to take additional officials without having to register with the NSC and this was not against our rules. This means, the victim is a legitimate official with the contingent concerned,” he said.

Following a report lodged by the victim at the Serdang district police station, police arrested three male handball players aged 18 to 19, at the Sukma Games village on Friday to assist in the investigation into the rape allegation. — BERNAMA

Read more: NSC to form committee to assist probe into alleged rape at SUKMA 2013 – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/nsc-to-form-committee-to-assist-probe-into-alleged-rape-at-sukma-2013-1.315540#ixzz2Ybb46Wgx

9Bio and more scandals in the closet.

 

So, instead of correcting an obvious wrong, more public funds were piled into the project to cover it up and this decision could only have been approved by the Fourth Floor. The decision to do so was so hush-hush and the cover up so brilliantly successful that even YB Lim Kit Siang did not get a whiff of the stench emanating from Putrajaya.

 

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

 

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Not many Malaysians have heard of 9Bio let alone know what this company is all about but what they should know is that it is a wholly government owned company that has misused, wasted and siphoned away public funds equivalent to the cost of erecting the Petronas Twin Towers.

 

Ninebio Sdn. Bhd. or 9Bio was launched and conceptualized by the then Minister of Health, Dr. Chua Soi Lek (aka Pornstar), in 2003 but did not receive official government sanction as a National Project until September 2006 when a budget of RM350 million under the 9th Malaysian Plan (9MP) was fast tracked and infused into the company to create an environment whereby research and development of halal vaccines will eventually lead to the mass production of such medicinal products for the Islamic world, making Malaysia the hub of halal vaccine R&D and production worldwide.

 

Good intentions, superb conceptual marketing, plentiful of funds to kick start the project, officially sanctioned by the Malaysian Government and ably managed by a group of medical professionals.

 

 What could possibly go terribly wrong?

 

Well, nothing because nothing substantial was achieved during the subsequent five years except for the changing of its company name from 9Bio to the Malaysian National Institute for Natural Products, Vaccines and Biologicals, signing a JV agreement with Emergent Bio Solutions Inc. of the US, getting the recognition of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as a key center for halal vaccinations, and the tiny issue of a bill submitted by Ekovest-Faber Sdn. Bhd. (a 60%-40% JV company owned by Ekovest Berhad and Faber Group Berhad) to the Government for RM1.9 billion in their capacity as the turnkey contractor for the design, construction, completion and maintenance of the research and development facility on a 784 acre plot in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan (called the Enstek Park).

Inflation works wonders especially in this part of the world.

 

Apparently 9Bio started off with just one individual – Datuk Dr. Nor Shahidah Khairullah from the Malaysian Ministry of Health who was seconded from the MOH to become the pioneering CEO of 9Bio in January 2007 (with a RM 45,000 monthly salary) and nothing irregular was detected until the Jabatan Audit Negara (JAN) reported otherwise in their 2008 Auditor General’s Report, bearing similarities to the National Feedlot Center case.

 

In the report, the AG accounted failures, mismanagement, weaknesses, false claims and financial irregularities on the part of 9Bio’s CEO and a special MOF Tribunal was convened to investigate these findings by the Auditor General.

 

Part of the AG’s findings also stated, “Datuk Dr. Nor Shahidah binti Khairullah had intentionally:

(1) Transferred money from Company’s account in the form of payments to her personal Credit Card account for a totaled sum of RM108,747.60 ( USD 8,000, GBP 6,000, EURO 7,700);

(2) Transferred money from Company’s account in the form of Traveler’s Cheque under her personal name for a totaled sum of RM21,484.10;

(3) Transferred money from Company’s account in the form of Bankers Cheque under her personal name for a totaled sum of RM128,648.40; and

(4) Transferred money from Company’s account in the form of Cash via Cash Cheques for a totaled sum of RM208,979.80.”

 

The Auditor General also recommended that “Datuk Dr. Nor Shahidah should be found guilty for criminal breach of trust (CBT) and cheating when she purposely and intentionally siphoned Company’s money for a totaled sum of RM 467,859.90 without the approval of the board of directors.“

 

Dr. Shahidah did not possess carte blanche when acting on behalf of 9Bio as Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd. Nasir (MOH Secretary-General) was the 9Bio Chairman and the board of directors included Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican (MOH Director-General) and Datuk Ir. Dr. M.S. Pillay (MOH Deputy DG). How was it then possible for Dr. Shahidah to give authorization (for anything to be done that is above the limitation order) without board approval unless it was actually approved by the board of directors?

 

One. Dr. Shahidah approved the full payment of RM 4.1 million consultation fees to Frost & Sullivan, a consultant appointed by 9Bio to prepare a working paper for the proposed manufacturing and process control of the new 9Bio facility in Nilai, even before a single piece of A4 paper was completed by the consultancy firm at the quoted price of RM 3.9 million.

 

Two. The appointment of Frost & Sullivan was done only after twelve months of inactivity by the CEO and the board of directors. 9Bio has failed to submit its business plan to either the MOH or MOF since its inception but company records showed that Dr. Shahidah has already collected RM540,000 in wages and has 52 days of paid leave by the first year on the job.

 

During the subsequent MOF Tribunal, Dr. Shahidah argued intensely that JAN had no right or executive privilege to question her alleged excessive travel expenses as it was covered by a special Research and Development grant and not by 9Bio. Dr. Shahidah also claimed that prior approval was given by the Ministry of Health’s Director General, Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican, for her to travel to Germany and Switzerland. When questioned as to why she was accompanied by a (male) consultant from a different company (Mr. Julian Ding of First Principles Sdn Bhd) on the trip, Dr. Shahidah stated that she needed the consultant for matters relating to a special project negotiation with Emergent Bio Solutions Inc.

 

When questioned further as to the reasons why she had 9Bio pay for

the consultant’s travel expenses when the 9Bio is already paying First Principles RM1.2 million in consultation fees, Dr. Shahidah finally admitted that she had personally approved it without prior obtaining authorization from the 9Bio Board of Directors.

 

Datuk Dr. Nor Shahidah was subsequently terminated as the CEO of 9Bio and a police report was made with the PDRM and yet another report with the ACA. When Dr. Shahidah was sacked from 9Bio in May 2008, thirty other 9Bio staff resigned voluntarily from the company and (coincidentally) joined Ekovest-Faber.

 

One question why Dr. Shahidah, a relatively unknown researcher/doctor from the MOH, was specially selected from a group of better qualified and far more experienced candidates to head 9Bio and how she could have accomplished the things (as reported in the 2008 Auditor General’s Report) she attempted within sixteen months as the CEO of 9Bio. Additionally, why was the Director General of the Ministry of Health (Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Hj. Mohd. Ismail Merican), the Deputy DG (Datuk Ir. Dr. Mukundan Sugunan Pillay), and the Secretary General (KSU) of the MOH (Dato’ Sri Dr. Hj. Mohd. Nasir Bin Mohd. Ashraf), as the controlling officer, all protecting and covering up for her?

 

After the departure of Dr. Shahidah from 9Bio, the MOF decided to take control of the project (from the MOH) and appointed Prof. Dr. Mohd. Azmi Mohd. Lila to become the new CEO of 9Bio. Datuk Ir. Dr. M.S. Pillay was then appointed as the Chairman of 9Bio after retiring from the MOH, the first non-medical (engineer) individual to rise to the number two post in the MOH.

 

What influence and control did Dr. Shahidah hold over the three men, even to the extent that Tan Sri Dr. Ismail Merican reappointed her as a consultant to the MOH to supervise 9Bio’s purchase of specialized medical manufacturing equipment, irrespective of the on-going PDRM and ACA investigations and regardless of the damning report by the Auditor-General, and for Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd. Nasir (9Bio’s Chairman) and Datuk Ir. Dr. M.S. Pillay (9Bio’s Executive Director) to agree to this appointment?

 

It was during this transitional period that Ekovest-Faber hit the MOF

with the RM1.9 billion bill. Included with the invoices were six Variation Orders (VO) approved by Dr. Shahidah. So, instead of attempting to determine the basis for the super-duper inflated cost to build the 9Bio facility, the government decided to sweep it all under the proverbial carpet and pay the asking price instead. What’s a couple of billion between friends anyway? Additionally the MOH was just slowly only recovering from its Minister’s admittance of being a porn superstar and the federal elections being around the corner did not help either.

 

The Abdullah government was also concerned by the upcoming PKFTZ scandal in which quite a few Tun(s) were involved and how the accumulation of these losses of public funds could be detrimental to his government seeking another 5-year mandate from the people.

 

So, instead of correcting an obvious wrong, more public funds were piled into the project to cover it up and this decision could only have been approved by the Fourth Floor. The decision to do so was so hush-hush and the cover up so brilliantly successful that even YBLim Kit Siang did not get a whiff of the stench emanating from Putrajaya.

 

Another thing that was not reported in the AG Report was that when Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd. Nasir became the 9Bio chairman, one of the first things he did was to approve the rental for temporary office space at Metropolitan Square in Damansara Perdana until the 9Bio facilities in Nilai were completed. It was then reported that 9Bio’s rental (for two floors) amounted to RM61,193 a month and that another RM 2 million were spent renovating it (renovation contract awarded to Environ Ventures Sdn. Bhd. by Hotel Ninety Six from Melaka). Hotel Ninety Six?

 

Questions remained unanswered and to this day, Dr. Shahidah remains free as both PDRM and MACC has yet to complete their respective investigations. Could the Gang of Four somehow have managed to get away with it?

“No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life and breeds ill will and suspicion – it is an evil government”.                                      

                                                         – Eric Hoffer,

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