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What’s important at Umno general assembly
Both Hishammuddin and Zahid were reminding Umno members that they need to focus on the GE14, and not the party election which comes after that. By right such a reminder is unnecessary but Hishammuddin and Zahid knew that the Umno delegates have always been more keen to use the general assembly as a meeting ground to lobby for positions with the party election in mind. That was the case even during last year's general assembly. Some even had karaoke sessions in the evening after the meetings for that purpose. [...]
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Malaysia needs inspiring and visionary leaders – Saleh Mohammed
NOVEMBER 30 - In a democracy, supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly or indirectly through a system of representation. These representatives, voted in, are often termed as 'leaders'€™. A good leader is someone who is... [...]
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Of fake news, as seen by Najib and Trump
IF we ever wondered whether Prime Minister Najib Razak has skin as thin as US President Donald Trump, wonder no more. He has. Today, Najib told Malaysian journalists to stop… [...]
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Malaysia’s Kleptocrat-in-chief Visits The Donald – Asia Sentinel
Love Fest in the White House?? When Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia meets US President Donald Trump at the White House on Sept. 12, as nearly as it can be determined, it will be the first time America’s chief executive has ever met with a foreign leader being pursued by the US Justice Department for corruption. Najib is infamously known as Malaysian Official 1, under investigation in what the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Section calls the biggest kleptocracy case ever brought against a foreign leader, with spectacular spending across the US and with ties to glamorous figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been forced to return Basquiat and Monet paintings given to him as gifts. Malaysian opposition spokesman Tony Pua once called 1MDB the “mother of the other of the mother of all scandals. Najib is suspected of participating in the theft of as much as US$4.5 billion that is said to have gone missing from 1Malaysia Development Bhd., a state-backed development fund that is said to be more than US$11 billion in the red, due not only to theft but epic mismanagement. At least US$682 million is alleged to have gone into Najib’s own pockets. A series of questions to the White House asking the rationale for inviting Najib, who is also the subject of a major investigation into kickbacks and bribes in France, elicited only this message: “Thank you for contacting the White House. We are carefully reviewing your message. President Donald J. Trump believes the strength of our country lies in the spirit of the American people and their willingness to stay informed and get involved. President Trump appreciates you taking the time to reach out.” [...]
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Najib’s Checkbook Diplomacy
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s recent White House soirée has brought Malaysia an unprecedented level of scrutiny and negative publicity. All major US newspapers, for example, unanimously panned the visit, highlighting the inappropriateness of inviting someone linked to an on-going DOJ investigation (into 1MDB-related money-laundering charges.) It is a measure of just how far his reputation has fallen internationally after once having been feted everywhere as a reformist and moderate Muslim democrat. It is also a reminder of how little all of this really matters in a world dominated by realpolitik and the pursuit of strategic advantage. Positioning himself for the GE14 Certainly, Najib himself didn’t appear to lose too much sleep over all the bad press. For him, the visit was clearly about positioning himself for the next elections and burnishing his credentials as a well-respected international leader able to run with some of the most powerful leaders in the world. Taken together with earlier high-profile meetings with President Xi Jiping, King Salman and Prime Minister Modi, the meeting with Trump, as well as the upcoming meeting with Britain’s Theresa May, lends credence to Najib’s narrative that under his stewardship, Malaysia has become “a rising star” and a “global player.” [...]
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