Friday, February 05, 2016

Poorly educated but incredibly successful people!



Abraham Lincoln: He was not educated and yet.....

You know Steve Job on of the things he was, a school dropout!

Basically Lim Kit Siang is a racist old man, I have made up my mind!
His incessant search for the DAP's Holy Grail, that is the form of Malaysia for the chauvinist Chinese, will never end until he drops dead.
He will denigrate and condemn anything Umno and Malays, even to a point where some Malays are even falling for his evil diatribe.
Recently he condemned the newly appointed Kedah mentri besar as being uneducated thus deemed to be not fit to be a chief executive of a state. For this old racist I will say "Stupid racist is as Stupid racist does."
Did you know that there were and still are many poorly educated people who are incredibly successful in their own fields? Read Here...
Like many poor Malays who did not make it well in school for what ever reason, including the new mentri besar of Kedah Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, they however excelled in other aspects of life.
Bashah may not  have tertiary education but he did so well bringing up his siblings and children successfully to achieve what he personally could not do.
Well, racist Kit Siang and for those of you uppity snort face snobs who think Bashah is not  fit to manage a state to think again.
One thing about us Malays that chauvinist and racist people must know we are quite resilient, in every aspect of problem that we as a race is facing or will face!






Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Like their cheese, Groses Arschloch Swiss AG yarn is full of holes!!!





Swiss A-G Michael "Arschloch" Lauber




Exclusive: Malaysian cabinet minister tells the Guardian the Swiss attorney general got his facts wrong in US$4bn corruption allegations

The Guardian
By Oliver Holmes
Tuesday 2 February 2016

Malaysia has accused Switzerland of breaking protocol and circulating misinformation when its attorney general said last week that billions of dollars had been stolen from Malaysian state-owned companies.

In the most scathing response by a member of the government to date, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications Salleh Said Keruak told the Guardian that “these premature statements appear to have been made without a full and comprehensive appreciation of all the facts.”
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Decision to clear Malaysian prime minister 'impossible' to overturn
Read more:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/28/malaysia-najib-razak-saudi-royal-family-bank-transfer
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“It’s very unusual, and against normal protocol, for a senior official of one country to speak publicly on the internal matters of another country. Yet that is what the Swiss Attorney General has done,” he said.

Najib was himself cleared of corruption in Malaysia a week ago by the country’s attorney general, who said the Saudi royal family was the source of a $681m “donation” to Najib’s personal accounts just before the 2013 election.

While the Swiss attorney general’s office told the Guardian that Najib was not under accusation, the announcement focused intense international pressure on the government just three days after Najib said accusations against him had “been comprehensively put to rest”.

Cabinet minister Salleh told the Guardian that Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber should have first contacted his counterpart in Malaysia.

“Does the Swiss AG normally talk to the media first, and then the relevant authorities afterwards?” he said. Salleh said 1MBD had undergone extensive audits since 2009 and the $4bn figure “simply could not have been misappropriated under such conditions.”

He accused Lauber of inferring that the Malaysian attorney general had been uncooperative “when in fact Malaysian authorities have been waiting to hear from their Swiss counterparts for many months,” he said, referring to case evidence Malaysia has requested from Switzerland.

Malaysia’s attorney general agreed over the weekend to cooperate with his Swiss counterpart.

Salleh also accused Lauber of spreading misinformation for saying Malaysian companies being investigated have made no comment on the losses they are believed to have incurred.

“As anyone following developments related to 1MDB is well aware, the company has issued statement after statement – providing detailed explanations, and a breakdown of its financials - to address questions that have previously been raised about these alleged losses.”

“In certain Western media outlets, there exists a bias that it’s the institutions and governments of developing ‎countries that don’t play it straight, while Western governments do. In this case, the actions of the Swiss Attorney General prove the opposite,” he said.

Asked to respond to Salleh’s comments, spokesman for the Swiss attorney general André Marty said: “As a law enforcement body and judicial authority, the (Office of the Swiss Attorney General) has not to comment on political statements.”

Marty said his office “took note with satisfaction of the reaction of its Malaysian counterpart and of its commitment to fully support Switzerland’s request for mutual assistance.”‎

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/02/malaysia-accuses-switzerland-of-misinformation-over-stolen-1mbd-billions


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Monday, February 01, 2016

A piece by RPK's Malaysia Today worth reading again!

 (Sorry RPK , reused without your permission)

 

The RM2 billion ‘donation’ Mahathir kept a secret from you

December 9, 2015
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The Third Force
‘Prime Minister’ is proving to be a title too horrific to bear for Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. Ever since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin chaired the roundtable in London on the conspiracy to oust the Prime Minister late last year, sleep has not come easy for Najib, who may have been sharing a bed with bloodthirsty politicians all this while.
The meeting with some of the biggest deals in corporate-Malaysia, was to discuss ways in which Mahathir could finance a long-shot campaign meant to put a fix on Najib. The broad idea was to wage a war of perception against the government on as many fronts as possible, even if it meant the destruction of UMNO and the economy.
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“Mahathir and Daim organised a meeting last year, attended by some of the foremost political capitalists known to both the ruling coalition and the opposition”
The attack on the ringgit
The only virtue that emanated from the meeting was that it ended. Right after that, Mahathir began courting scorn over every initiative that had Najib inscribed to it. The modus operandi was simple; “if it was a Najib move, it was a bad move.”
Amongst the initiatives that were flagged for Mahathir’s slings and arrows was the economic reform package the Prime Minister had instituted right after an announcement he made on the 2nd of May 2009.
The reforms, meant to spur growth by stimulating a high-income, all-inclusive and sustainable economy, triggered a positive response from investors and caused the financial system to move closer than ever towards the efficient frontier. Five years after the announcement, Bloomberg outlined Najib’s reforms in very promising flavours.
A report by the New York based news agency on the 13th of August 2014 noted how gross domestic product had, for the first quarter of 2015, seen a 6.2% increase, surpassing as it seems the 6% annual growth the Prime Minister had hoped to register through 2020. According to Bloomberg, per capita gross national income (GNI) had risen to USD 10,060 in 2013, crossing the USD 10,000 threshold for the first time in Malaysian history.
The bottom line showed a growth impressive enough to turn Mahathir red in the face. Najib, whose economic call to action had somehow narrowed the gaps in Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) with regional economies, had done a helluva job, better even than Mahathir or Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah) afforded in their first five years in office.
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“From 2010-2014, the Najib administration registered a 19.76% increase in Gross National Income (GNI), more than double the 8.06% increase for a period that began in 1981 and ended in 1985 under the Mahathirian regime. The ‘vote of confidence’ by investors for Najib made Mahathir jittery, which is when he decided that the economy had to fail, whatever the cost. It was the only recourse to retiring Najib from office and even politics, for good”
The positive shift in attitudes among investors towards Malaysia’s economy triggered a chain reaction, making the USD15,000 threshold in Gross National Income seem meagre. Better yet, Najib stood optimistic that the threshold would be crossed two years ahead of target, lodging the country firmly into the World Bank’s ledgers as a high-income economy by 2018.
These figures pointed to an arch that read “Vision 2020; you’re on track.” This, of course, infuriated Mahathir, who had by then architected a plot for Najib to be retired by 2015. But we’ll get to that soon enough in another article.
Suffice to say, the only recourse Mahathir saw was to attack the ringgit by a slingshot, which explains why the target was always 1MDB, the so called RM2.6 billion in donations and everything else that had an economic ring to it. Mahathir wagered on the likelihood that Najib would stoop to his bidding and retire, like Pak Lah did in 2009.
On the 30th of September 2015, Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz weighed in on the weakening ringgit and put it down to global market forces. Though she did make perfect sense, she had apparently been struck by a pathological disorder many are now calling ‘Mahathiresia’. It’s a variant of amnesia, except that the afflicted are those who let slip from their memories stuff Mahathir prefers that you do not know.
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“Zeti knew that the reports by Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report were criminally subversive and largely inaccurate, but refused to come to Najib’s defence”
And what Zeti knew, as did Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Tan Sri Rashpal Singh, Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, was that the February and July media onslaughts by Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report were works of fiction. Nearly all of them were aware that the editorials were powered by Mahathir and Daim for morally corrupt and criminally subversive reasons.
The reports were contrived to bug the eyes of investors over portrayals of massive corruption scandals and economy-crushing complicities. By March 2015, the talk in town was that 1MDB and the mysterious ‘disappearance’ of the RM42 billion was causing the ringgit great harm. These were works of fiction, designed to strike fear in the hearts of investors and trigger a glut in liquidity.
The long and short of it is this; the currency was devaluing at an artificially accelerated rate due to a media fuelled smear campaign. At the same time, legislators were going crazy over talks that the economy was crippling and that the country was going bankrupt. It was around then that several BN pipsqueaks started growing balls and came right out to pour scorn over the state of the Malaysian economy.
The mudslinging and the deluge of media clichés by Mahathir and his henchmen created a snowball effect that was plunging the ringgit closer and closer to the RM4.5 mark. But it was all part of the plan. The ringgit depreciated more than it should have, while Mahathir and Daim tipped their glasses over what they thought was a perfect storm that would do Najib in once and for all.
Funding the mudslinging campaign
The smear campaign Mahathir and Daim had contrived bore a price tag only patrons of the billionaires club could afford to split a cheque on. Both the Tuns were reluctant to ride a coup d’ etat on stash they’d have to fork out from their secret green vaults. If money was needed to destroy Najib, it had to be somebody else’s money, not theirs.
With this in mind, the two Tuns tabled a ballpark figure at the London meet, attended also by some of the foremost capitalists in the political arena, listed below:
1. Berjaya Corporation Berhad CEO Dato’ Seri Robin Tan Yeong Ching
2. Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd CEO Tan Sri T. Ananda Krishnan
3. Genting Group Head of Strategic Investments Dato’ Justin Leong
4. YTL Corporation Berhad Managing Director Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Francis Yeoh
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“These corporate bigwigs were complicit with Mahathir and Daim in a plot to topple the Prime Minister by artifice”
The group settled on a R 2 billion figure, RM600 million of which was shelled out in worldwide media coverage by a US based lobbyist and Public Relations Group. It seems that the remainder of the fund was used to grease the palms of some Members of Parliament (MPs), local media portals, bloggers, and several other well connected persons closely linked to both Mahathir and Daim.
Now, the provenance of the funds is one thing. But the manner in which the remaining RM1.4 odd billion was accounted for and subsequently disbursed is a question that begs some urgent answers. It is believed that both Mahathir and Daim cobbled together the idea that a total of 40 legislators from UMNO, MCA, MIC and DAP could be bought over at a price that averaged at RM10 million a person.
It would be interesting to know if any of the projected 40 MPs were remunerated, and if so, how the money was channelled. Specifically, were Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dato’ Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan among those paid to run the gamut of conspiracy against Najib?
Be that as it may, the funding exerted some downward pressure on the ringgit and gave rise to several subversive groups, some of which were from UMNO and the rest, from DAP and MCA. These groups engaged in mudslinging campaigns together with a complicit media to have Najib thrown out of office together with the trash before the 31st of July 2015.
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“Muhyiddin acted as the go-between for Mahathir to solicit support from the blogging community and several other BN and opposition politicians”
Perhaps it would be a good idea for authorities to freeze the accounts of all those implicated herein to put a trace on what may have been the biggest flow of stash in recent political history. It is highly likely that the MACC, all gutsy and egomaniacal over their pursuit of conspiracy, would stumble upon some dubitable balance sheets that would point to accounts of politicians and several well connected persons.
Where did the RM 600 million go?
Prior to the London meet, Mahathir had already solicited the help of Clare Rewcastle-Brown, best known as the patriarch of all that is subversive and controversial. By February 2015, the Sarawak Report’s founding editor had roped in two head honchos from the local media scene and began to work her guile in an article that was titled “The Heist of the Century.” (refer http://www.malaysia-today.net/the-macc-is-playing-pucks-with-the-rakyat-part-2/).
While Clare did work her guile to perfection and got the ball on conspiracy rolling, she wasn’t without resources. Help came in the form of two Tuns who inveigled and at times, blackmailed politicians and officials from several government agencies into a plot to topple the Prime Minister.
But that makes for another story, where I’ll tell you precisely why Mahathir needed so desperately to topple the Prime Minister.
To be continued…

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Statement by the AG.

‎STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL 
30 January 2016
1. I note the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, and further remarks attributed to the Swiss Attorney-General by an American newspaper, concerning an investigation into two former officials of 1MDB.

2. I and the relevant Malaysian authorities are keen to establish all the facts about 1MDB that have led to recent allegations against the company. That is why a number of investigations - including by the Public Affairs Committee, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the Auditor General’s Department - are currently on-going. 

3. The Malaysian authorities, including the Attorney-General's Chambers, are committed to working with all relevant foreign law enforcement entities through the applicable international conventions and agreements. Similarly, 1MDB has from the outset cooperated with the enquiries. 

4. Regarding the recent public statement by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, my office intends to take all possible steps to follow up and collaborate with our Swiss counterparts, and we look forward to receiving the findings of their investigations and materials through the normal channels. These materials will then be reviewed, alongside the findings of other relevant authorities and our own investigations, to determine the appropriate course of action.‎

5. Contrary to recent media reports, the investigations into donations that were made to the Prime Minister are entirely separate to those into 1MDB. The Attorney-General's Chambers exhaustively reviewed the report provided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and, as has been announced, found no evidence of wrong-doing and hence have instructed for the cases to be closed.‎
6. Any attempt by media organisations to conflate the two sets of investigations is irresponsible and prejudicial‎. 
‎TAN SRI MOHAMED APANDI ALI
ATTORNEY-GENERAL‎
MALAYSIA‎

Friday, January 29, 2016

Decision on Najib Razak is "Impossible" to overturn!






By Oliver Holmes
of  The Guardian
29 January 2016

EXCLUSIVE: attorney general’s ruling on $681m bank transfer from Saudi royal family can’t be legally challenged, source close to Najib Razak tells the Guardian.
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It would be constitutionally “impossible” to overturn the decision to clear the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, of corruption, a source close to the PM’s department has told the Guardian.

The comments follow allegations that the country’s attorney general had ignored a recommendation from the top anti-corruption body that Najib be charged for criminal misappropriation.

The attorney general said on Tuesday that $681m transferred into Razak’s personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia, and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved. The statement in effect ended the domestic investigation into Razak.

However, media reports subsequently quoted unnamed sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) saying it had recommended Najib be charged.

“It’s impossible for the attorney general’s decision to be legally overturned,” the source said, requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak publicly to the press. “Not even the highest court in Malaysia can. The constitution would have to be changed, and that’s not going to happen.”

Najib, who has weathered months of calls from opposition leaders and establishment figures to resign, has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not take any money for personal gain.

The prime minister said on Tuesday that he welcomed the attorney general’s comments, which “confirmed what I have maintained all along: that no crime was committed” and added that the “issue has been an unnecessary distraction for the country”.

The MACC’s chief commissioner, Abu Kassim Mohamed, said in a statement on Thursday that the body “is in no way disputing or challenging the attorney general’s clearance of the cases against the prime minister”.

He added, however, that the clearance decision was being reviewed as “a standard operating procedure as part of the process of closing any case”. Mohamed neither confirmed nor denied that the MACC had advised the attorney general to charge Najib but said he has instructed a police report to be filed into “unauthorised briefings to media”.

Najib still enjoys the backing of most of UMNO’s powerful division chiefs. Even his fiercest internal critics, such as the influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, accept that he cannot be unseated.‎  Read here too!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Najib cleared over corruption charges! Time to move on!!

Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift'

Attorney-general says huge sum in Najib Razak’s personal bank account was donation from Saudi royal family and not linked to troubled state fund 1MDB!  See more here.....

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER
‎26 January 2016

1. I welcome the statement issued today by the Attorney General, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali. The findings followed a thorough investigation by the relevant institutions, and he has confirmed what I have maintained all along: that no crime was committed.

2. ‎I appreciate that political funding is a topic of concern to many people. That is why I first initiated political funding reform proposals in 2010. Unfortunately, these were blocked by the opposition at the time. However, I  have instructed for them to be put forward again for discussion.

3. This issue has been an unnecessary distraction for the country. Now that the matter has been comprehensively put to rest, it is time for us to unite and move on.

4. I will now redouble my focus on the key issues that matter to Malaysia, especially combating the threat of terrorism, and strengthening the economy in the face of global headwinds.‎

YAB DATO' SRI NAJIB TUN RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
 
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 Supporting statement by his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi...
 
 
 

STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
‎‎26 January 2016

1. I note today's statement by the Attorney General regarding the donations. The investigations that led to the Attorney General's findings were painstaking and comprehensive, examining every detail and piece of evidence. No one should question the competence or independence of Malaysia's institutions, or our legal process.

‎2. As has been made clear, there were no conditions attached to the donations, which were made to the Prime Minister personally out of belief in him and his leadership on key issues. I know this myself, having met the donor. It was the Prime Minister who chose to use the donations for the benefit of our party and at-need communities around Malaysia.

3. ‎As politicians, we are prepared to be attacked by opponents who want to damage our reputations with false allegations in order to replace us. However, it is wrong to damage the reputation of the government and the country for personal political gain. National interest must supersede personal interest.

4. We have spent enough time distracted by this matter. I call on everyone to move on. Now we must unite and move forward under the Prime Minister's leadership for the betterment of Malaysia. He is the right person to lead us through the current global economic storm and the security threats we are facing.

YB DATO' SERI DR AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PRIME MINISTER'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE





 
Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak

Twelve months ago, Malaysia was confidently preparing to take a bigger role on the world stage as a member of the UN Security Council and as chair of ASEAN in a momentous year for our ten nation association. 

I said then that I wanted us to work together to build a safer, more prosperous, and more equal society. During the year, the government has not ceased efforts towards realising those objectives, and we should be proud, as Malaysians, of all that was achieved in 2015.


We have led our region to a historic turning point – the establishment of the ASEAN Community, which marks the beginning of a new era for our combined population of 625 million people. The remarkable prospect and prize lies before us of ASEAN becoming the fourth largest economy globally.

We hosted world leaders in Kuala Lumpur as ASEAN and the United States announced a new strategic partnership, while our ties with China have never been stronger.

Our leadership internationally, as a stable and tolerant country, as a responsible actor on the global stage and a key partner in the fight against extremism, has been praised.

Despite challenging global economic headwinds, the World Bank has commended us for keeping our macroeconomic policies strong. In 2016, we expect our economy to expand between 4 and 5 percent, driven by private investment and consumption.

This year Malaysia was ranked against 70 other Muslim countries in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator – and we were awarded first place. We were also 18th – up two places – in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2015. And the international ratings agencies maintained and even upgraded their positive gradings for Malaysia.

At a time of global financial volatility, the government has taken the tough but necessary decisions to protect our people and ensure their future. The National Transformation Programme and the Eleventh Malaysia Plan are keeping us on course to become a high-income status nation by 2020.

But 2015 has also been a year unprecedented in the challenges that have faced our country, both at home and overseas.

Malaysia was not alone in being affected by the drop in oil prices. But as one of the few net oil-exporting countries in East Asia, this impacted our finances more than most. Every US dollar off the price per barrel means a 300 million ringgit drop in our government’s revenue.

Likewise, the slowdown in the Chinese economy was felt by many nations. But China is our biggest trading partner, so this has hit us harder than others.

We began the year with some of the worst floods in our history. Tragically, 18 people died in the earthquake in Sabah in June, while we were all sickened and appalled by the brutal murder of one our countrymen, Bernard Then, by terrorists in the southern Philippines last month.

We are not free from the threat of the so-called Islamic State, and the battle against radicalisation and against those that blaspheme the name of Islam with their barbarities, must also be fought here in Malaysia, not just in the Middle East.

Faced with these challenges, the government has not looked for the easy and popular route. Instead, we have taken a position of leadership. We have asked: what is truly right for the people? The introduction of GST is an example. 

A new tax is rarely welcomed. But, amidst falling oil prices, if we had not had the revenue from GST, our fiscal deficit would rise from 3.1 percent to 4.8 percent for 2016.

This would cause the credit rating agencies to downgrade Malaysia, which would result in higher interest rates; investment – including from overseas – to go down; and a serious reduction in employment opportunities along with other hardships for the people.

The well-being and advancement of our people is always in our minds when we set policy. I know that there are many who have been hard hit by rising prices and worry about good jobs for themselves and for their children. 

This is why in the last Budget we brought taxes down for middle income families, raised the minimum wage and increased the allocation of BR1M welfare payments for those most in need.

We announced that we would build 175,000 new units of affordable housing, and 41.3 billion ringgit has been assigned to strengthen the quality of our education so that our young people are ready for the new jobs that new technologies and the changing marketplace will bring.

Infrastructure projects, such as the MRT and Pan-Borneo Highway, will increase connectivity, bring employment and new opportunities, especially for Sabah and Sarawak. 

And 1.4 billion ringgit has been earmarked to improve rural roads across the country. It is paramount that our development includes all.
Strengthening the resilience of the economy, managing the impact of external vulnerabilities and safeguarding the interests of the people are the government’s priorities for 2016. 

The government will continue to review and monitor policies and programmes closely to ensure they bring clear benefits to the people. I am determined that no Malaysian will be left behind as our country continues to grow. We have a plan, it is working and we are delivering.

At home, disagreements are natural and healthy in a democracy, and our public discourse has always been characterised by vibrant discussion. 

Next year, I want us to begin to talk about a post 2020 Vision, and I would invite all Malaysians to contribute to a conversation about the course we should set for the country in just a few years’ time.

This year, however, some disputes have, sadly, been exploited and politicised by those with ulterior motives. The government has the mandate of the people, and it is only for the people to decide, at the ballot box according to the rules of the system we live by, who they wish to lead the nation. 

Until that time, it is important that we all respect the constitution, our laws and our customs; and if we differ, that should be expressed through the appropriate channels.

In particular, rather than letting the investigations into 1MDB continue, some have publicly prejudged the results based on politicised smears, leaks and incomplete information. In doing so, they have harmed Malaysia’s economy and our good name abroad.

In June, I said that the challenges facing 1MDB would be resolved by the end of the year, and I am pleased to confirm that as of today the company has already entered into agreements that will see its debts reduced by approximately 40.4 billion ringgit. This figure represents the overwhelming majority of 1MDB’s debt.

The most recent of these agreements, for the sale of 60 percent equity in Bandar Malaysia to a joint local and international consortium – composed of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings at 60 percent and China Railway Engineering Corporation at 40 percent – was announced on 31st December and will alone result in a debt reduction of 7.1 billion ringgit.

It is therefore clear that 1MDB’s major challenges are now behind it, as I promised they would be last summer, and all that remains is for the deals it has entered into to be completed and the final steps of 1MDB’s rationalisation programme to complete.

Now it is time for us to await the outcomes of the inquiries into the company; to take note of any lessons that need to be learned; and to move on together in a constructive manner.

That unity is vital, for our diversity in Malaysia is our strength. We share each others’ celebrations, our joys and our sorrows. This forms our country’s unique culture. But it is precious. We must take care to be respectful to one another and not purposefully inflame tensions. It is only when we all work together that we will do our best for Malaysia.

And it is only when the government and its institutions are unified and strong, and moving in one direction, that we can effectively deliver for the people.

In order to do so, we are strengthening the integrity and transparency of the pillars of our democracy. This is why the Consultative Committee on Political Funding was set up.

I urge all Malaysians, regardless of which parties they may support, to participate and to support these reforms, as their purpose is to protect the rights of all citizens, and to ensure the health and security of the democratic process that Malaysia has been proud to uphold, ever since independence in 1957.

That security is also not to be taken lightly. Some appear to underestimate the clear and present dangers that we face, both internally and externally. 

Sadly, over 150 of our citizens have been arrested for terrorism-related activities since the formation of the so-called Islamic State. Potential attacks in Kuala Lumpur have been foiled, and our police are on high alert following the arrest of a group who were planning suicide bombings in Jakarta.

This threat must be taken seriously, and this is why the government passed the Prevention of Terrorism Act at the beginning of the year and the National Security Council Bill earlier this month. 

We face multiple menaces that recognise no borders, from terrorism to foreign incursions into our sovereign territory, such as at Lahad Datu in 2013. The new bill is necessary to fortify existing laws, and in no way conflicts with the liberties guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

It will enable our security forces to control and manage threats and react at an early stage, before a situation can escalate. We will not wait for a terrorist outrage to take place before proactively putting in place all measures necessary to avert the possibility. 

As Prime Minister, I make no apology for placing the safety and security of all Malaysians as my foremost priority.

Our goal for 2016 remains a safer, more prosperous, and more equal society. In pursuit of that, the government will not hesitate to take the tough, necessary and right decisions – even if they are not popular – in order to protect the people from the scourges of terrorism; to protect our precious unity that safeguards our unique diversity; and to protect that bright future that is the birthright of every Malaysian, and for which I can assure you the government will always strive with every sinew.

If we can put past divisions behind us, and embrace anew what joins us together as citizens of the country we are so proud of, I am sure that 2016 can be a year in which we move confidently together, as one, towards that future.

I would like to wish all Malaysians a happy, prosperous and safe New Year.