Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Acid Test -- Anwar's Sodomy case.

As usual, I won't be able to publish my view faster than most people. You know how slow is Turtle.

(WSJ) This past weekend, Malaysian police said they had begun an investigation into a complaint by a 23-year-old campaign worker who alleged that the 60-year-old Mr. Anwar forcibly sodomized him.

In 1998, Mr. Anwar, then-finance minister and deputy prime minister, was sacked by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly sodomizing his family driver and another aide. Mr. Anwar took to the streets to protest his innocence, and tens of thousands of supporters joined him before he was arrested and later convicted of sodomy, a criminal act in Malaysia that carries a sentence of as many as 20 years in prison.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the government is trying to frame him in a sexual-abuse scandal.

Dr. Mahathir groomed Mr. Anwar to become his successor until the younger man began criticizing the then-premier's management of Malaysia's economy, which was badly hit when the Asian financial crisis began in 1997.

Mr. Anwar has always maintained that 1998 criminal charges were fabricated to prevent him from challenging Dr. Mahathir for power. Dr. Mahathir denied this.

In 2004, after Dr. Mahathir retired, Mr. Anwar's sodomy conviction was overturned.

A few quick comments:

(i) This is an acid test on how far we have reformed our judicial system. Is our judicial system free from executive power? Will see.

(ii) Anwar was convicted during Dr. M's administration, then overturned in 2004 during AAB's administration. Now everyone knows AAB senses threat, everyone must smell fishy if he is convicted guilty this time. When that happens, it is a very clear cut you can be in and out of the jail at the mercy of executive power. Has the leopard changed it skin? Hmmmmm...........

Be very careful how we handle this issue. Foreign investors may look down on us. A misstep, we are sending a wrong message to foreign investors on Malaysia's will to reform.

(iii) Templeton always advise do not be afraid to buy on war news. I guess it is also the same here, do not be afraid to buy on news of opposition to topple the present government. The question on everyone's mind, is 1153 a new bottom? Plantation sector which is well like by foreigners had a brutal day, I think the sector fell like almost 3%. Ringgit has weakened against US $ as well. 1 US $ to RM 3.2712. As long as plantation sector is holding the fort, I do not think it can go very much lower from here for the short term outlook.

1 comment:

Andrezj said...

SEX AND THE C4


Sodomy is a useful word
recently said and heard,
in Malaysian homes and offices
it’s all about famous orifices.
What is going on, you wonder
when Bala steals the thunder,
finger pointing the magic word
to the delight of a horny herd
Organs united, names forgotten?
VIPs are really rotten
Saifool he knows and did not know
doubts about Aminah begin to grow
of whose loose lips he was afraid
but liked her other end instead;
of course he knew it wasn't right
but it felt so good and tight!
You could not hump like Greeks
the Hindenburg’s fat cheeks;
what her hubby found so succulent
was making Rosmah trucculent.
And so she thought, the time was due
for a nice Mongolian barbecue.
Enter the analyst, not so anal,
who found the girl too banal;
fearing supernatural harm
from her juicy feminine charm,
he hired Bala straightaway
to keep the honeytrap at bay
but private dicks were of no match
for Aminah's superlative snatch
and now that Najib had had his fill,
he would not share the till;
right after the submarine deal,
Aminah's fate he would seal.
Now Rosmah had one idea
on how to kenakan dia
"Let’s bomb the bombshell,
let's send her to hell."
Thus perished the hapless beauty
after translation and booty duty;
now Rosmah’s ass was happy
until one blogger got yappy;
this Hindenburg nearly caught fire
yet to sue she has no desire.
But Najib's part in this murder
will travel much further;
despite his media actions
and one or two retractions,
some questions will remain
a big part of his bane–
how did Altantuya really die?
and why did he have to lie?
Did he pay off Bala savvily,
or threaten to C4 his family?
What acts could be more despised?
With his money, we’re not surprised;
after all, he's such a bully beast,
to him and him alone, at least,
magic words that cannot apply–
are useful for making rivals die.