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KUALA LUMPUR – Following is the statement by Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak posted on his blog in response to chairman of Pakatan Harapan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s article on the issue of ‘tak malu’ (shameless).

Two days ago (Aug 8), Tun Dr Mahathir, in an article posted in his blog Chedet.cc listed three ‘shameless’ groups in the country.

The groups are the Prime Minister (and his family), ministers and top government officials, whom he called thieves, corrupts and robbers.

These groups, according to Tun, were given appointments and promotions not because they were qualified, but because it was done without following the law.

He said these groups were given appointments and promotion because they were efficient in sucking up to the bosses, and were willing to follow the bosses’ instructions, no matter how wrong. They are shameless… as long as there were money and positions to gain, they don’t care about dignity.

Tun’s allegation is serious. As if he was all clean during his tenure. As if he forgot about scholars’ views of his administration. Read Khoo Boo Teik’s book on Paradoxes of Mahathirism: An Intellectual Biography of Mahathir Mohamad (1995) and John Hilley’s

Malaysia: Mahathirism, Hegemony and the New Opposition (2001).

Read also books by D.K. Mauzy, G. P. Means, Harold Crouch, William Case, K.S. Jomo and E. T. Gomez.

Their studies on Tun’s administration ended with this conclusion: Tun ruled using his Machiavellian principles, practising political patronage, cronyism and nepotism.

Looking back on history, doesn’t Tun remember the risky investment done by the BMF in Hong Kong? The losses suffered by Maminco to control tin price? Doesn’t he remember the losses suffered by Perwaja Steel? Doesn’t he remember the Forex scandal? The privatisation of MAS?

What happened to all those companies and investments? Are they suffering losses? Or making profit? Do they still have their dignity? If Tun remembers all these issues, doesn’t he feel ashamed?

I will not scrutinise this article, but I would like to remind Tun, just because he had quit UMNO, he probably forgot that ‘a crab cannot teach its children to walk straight’.

Let us learn from our history so that we will not continue making mistakes. Quoting George Santayana: Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.

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KOTA KINABALU – UMNO treasurer Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has urged all UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) members to courageously explain all contributions and successes of the government spearheaded by UMNO and BN all these while to develop Sabah and its people.

Salleh, who is also Communications and Multimedia Minister, said UMNO and BN’s contributions to develop Sabah which are now enjoyed by the people are too numerous but less known because of lack of explanations given to the people.

“Under the leadership of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, it is clear we have advanced by leaps and bounds and this is the fact that we can explain to society including in Penampang. If we look at the growth in the Sabah’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it was RM58.1 billion in 2010, RM59.3 billion (2011), RM66.3 billion (2015) and RM70.4 billion (2016),” he said.

Salleh said this when opening Penampang UMNO Division’s delegates meeting here today. Also present was Penampang UMNO chief Datuk John Ambrose.

Salleh, who is also Sabah UMNO Liaison Committee deputy chairman, said the per capita income of the people was RM17,831 in 2010, RM18,932 (2011) and RM19,730 (2015).

In terms of poverty in Sabah, Salleh said the poverty level in Sabah in 2009 was 19.7 per cent, 8.1 per cent (2012), 4.0 per cent (2014) and 3.4 per cent (2016).

“These are legitimate figures. These are facts. We must explain this the people in Sabah, what more in the Penampang area. We must not be afraid to speak out because we are telling the truth. These are facts.

“The Bank Negara Governor himself said that under the leadership of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, the economy of Sabah grew. This is a Bank Negara report. The Auditor-General said the management of the finances of Sabah was very good for three consecutive years,” he said.

According to Salleh, all the facts on the achievements of the BN government must be explained to parry all the accusations of the opposition parties which were always twisting the facts as if the government did not do anything.

He said UMNO and BN members must also divulge all the weaknesses of the opposition parties including their failure to contribute to the people so that the people would understand and differentiate between the opposition and the ruling parties.

“What has the opposition done in Penampang? They only party-hop. Then in Parti Keadilan Rakyat now in Warisan party. What is their contribution to the people? It is BN that has contributed,” stressed Salleh.

Salleh also refuted the opposition’s view purportedly they championed the rights of Sabah via the slogan Sabah for Sabahans whilst the struggle had been conducted by leaders from Sabah in the BN government.

He said under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ,the leaders and people of Sabah were given room to voice their demands and views and he (Najib) was prepared to listen and discuss these matters.

In fact, Salleh said at no time in history were three leaders from the Kadazandusun and Murut (KDM) community appointed as full ministers in the federal Cabinet except under the leadership of Najib and it was a recognition of KDM.

On the Penampang parliamentary seat in the coming general election, Salleh was confident BN could wrest back the seat if the BN component parties worked as a team.

— BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak called on Malaysians to display their spirit of patriotism by flying the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ in conjunction with the 60th Merdeka Day celebration and the hosting of the 2017 Sea Games by the country this month.

He said the response from the public to fly the national flag was lukewarm despite various programmes outlined for the Merdeka month celebration, such as lectures, screening of movies on the struggle for independence and public discussions.

He said the perception that flying the national flag was merely symbolic and not a priority to show pride for the country should be dismissed.

“It is this attitude that made Malaysians to take lightly the need to fly the Jalur Gemilang because that spirit of patriotism, which is still strong among Malaysians should not just be buried in the heart.

‘With ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ as this year’s National Day theme, it is apt that we unite to celebrate National Day together,” he said on his blog at sskeruak.blogspot.my today.

Salleh said this year’s National Day celebration should be merrier with Malaysia playing host for the 2017 Sea Games to be held from Aug 19 to 30.

“Show other countries how strong is the patriotic spirit of Malaysians. Show them that we are a nation of high moral and culture, not one that forgets history.

“Come, let’s proof that independence is the symbol of Malaysian unity, celebrate our independence day with full of pride,” he added.

— BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has dismissed as wishful thinking the intention of the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact to gain a foothold in Felda schemes.

He said the Pakatan Harapan desire would not materialise because Felda settlers are strong supporters of Barisan Nasional.

The opposition’s hope of winning seats in these areas in the 14th general election is nothing more than wishful thinking as the settlers have full faith in the current BN government, he said in a post on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.com.

Salleh said the Felda settlers knew that the BN government led by UMNO is the best ruling party to manage the country as it had brought much good, especially in helping the Malays consistently through financial aid and subsidies, annual bonus payments, and looking after their welfare.

“With the kind of faith that Felda voters have in the (BN) administration, Pakatan Harapan’s hope of gaining ground here is merely wishful. This is because the settlers know that supporting Pakatan Harapan will jeopardise their future,” he said.

Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said Felda was very dear to the Malays because it had helped them progress and had improved the standard of living of the poor Malays in the rural areas.

“Because of the Malays’ strong feelings for Felda, it is now synonymous as the fixed deposit of the ruling party,” he said.

“This was seen in the outcome of the 2013 general election. The percentage of Felda voters who voted for UMNO-BN was very significant: the highest percentage was in Sabah (92%), followed by Johor (86%), Perlis (78%), Negeri Sembilan (77%), Perak (75%), Melaka (74%), Kedah (74%), Selangor (73%), Terengganu (67%), Pahang (67%) and Kelantan (61%),? he said.

He said Felda was started on July 1, 1956, by the second prime minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, to eradicate poverty among the Malays through development of land with the cultivation of oil palm and rubber.

“Since then, Felda has grown rapidly, with 850,000 hectares of plantation, 38 subsidiary companies, 75 palm oil mills and seven mills to extract palm oil. Felda controls 20 per cent of the world palm oil market and has an annual income of RM15 billion,” he said.

Salleh said the continuing support of the Felda voters for the BN administration would make it difficult for Pakatan Harapan to win seats in Felda areas in the 14th GE.

— BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR – The government is currently working with social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to remove fake accounts which had been used for negative purposes.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said evidence had been presented to the networks to assist them to remove the fake accounts.

“Some of these fake accounts are using foreign platforms and thus far, we have been negotiating with the networks that resulted in action having been taken against them (by removing these fake accounts).

“For fake accounts hosted locally, there should be no problem, we can remove them,” he told reporters at the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) Aidilfitri ‘do’ here tonight.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Jasa Director-General Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

Between January and June, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission received nearly 1,500 complaints pertaining to fake accounts on social media platforms that had been used for negative purposes, including dissemination of fake news and defamatory attacks against state leaders.

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KOTA KINABALU – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak says the government has already entrusted the National Security Council (MKN) with monitoring any cyber security threat in the country.

He said MKN which was represented by numerous agencies from various ministries was entrusted with the responsibility as cyber attack threats such as Ransomware Wannacry inundating the world was closely tied to national security.

“MSN has already made a statement on the matter ( Ransomware Wannacry attack) that had happened recently, we did not receive any report that it took place in Malaysia. Indeed, the government take cognisance of such threats. We must defend our country on the issue of cyber security.

“Definitely, among the methods is for us to have updated technology because such incidents occur all the time. As such, we as users in the cyber world must exercise caution. We must make sure that we can ward off attacks like this,” he said.

Salleh said this to reporters when asked to comment on the cyber and security threats in the country, including the latest case, Ransomware Wannacry worldwide, at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration at his residence in Likas last night.

The event was attended by almost 10,000 guests, including dignitaries and people of various communities and religions.

Salleh said the fear of cyber threats was not only being felt in Malaysia but also worldwide including developed nations.

— BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The current political developments in the country, especially ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14) shows that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is a far better politician and more qualified to lead the country, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said this was evident when the Prime Minister in December last year cleverly stated that GE14 would be a platform for Malaysians to choose between an ‘UMNO-led government’ or ‘DAP-led government’.

“Our prime minister wisely read and analysed the gamesmanship and political moves of DAP.

“He (Najib) knows that Lim Kit Siang is afraid of the Malays knowing that DAP is the most powerful party in Pakatan Harapan and it is DAP which makes the important decisions or has the last word,” he said in a posting on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.com, last night.

According to him, the opposition now sees DAP as the main determinant of the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister’s posts if Pakatan Harapan takes over Putrajaya, as it has the most number of seats in the coalition.

“The position of DAP in Pakatan is the same as UMNO in Barisan, and this is why UMNO occupies the post of prime minister and deputy prime minister (in the current government),” he said.

Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said this is the factor why DAP is allowing a Malay party such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which has only one seat, to pronounce its ambition to have the prime minister’s post.

“It is DAP’s strategy to promote a ‘Malay face’ as a political propaganda,” he added.

PPBM only has one parliamentary seat through its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Pagoh MP.

— BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Muslims must condemn and send a strong message that violence, whether against fellow Muslims or non-Muslims, cannot be tolerated, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Salleh said that Muslims rejected all forms of violence whether by terrorists or state organised.

“Violence begets violence and history has proven that violence has never been the way to solve conflicts.

“However, as long as the large silent majority remain silent and do not condemn such terrorist acts then it would be perceived that the silence means tacit support,” he posted on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.com today.

Salleh was commenting on the Paris attack which indicates that over 100 people were killed in the attacks Friday night at a concert hall, city-centre restaurants and near the Stade de France.

He said the incident was the second terrorist incident this year after the Charlie Hebdo shooting and has brought back memories of the Madrid bombings in 2004 that resulted in 191 dead and 1,800 wounded.

Salleh pointed out that since the incident of Sept 2001, Islam is perceived as a violent religion and those giving Islam this negative image are Muslims themselves.

“Unfortunately, in all these tragedies it was the work of Muslims. And this is another tragedy because Islam is as much the victim as those killed and wounded.

“What the west may not realise is that there are more than a billion Muslims but just a small minority commit these terrorist acts while the majority of Muslims are peace loving and reject violence,” Salleh said.

– BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Veteran opposition leader, Lim Kit Siang may not be aware of the wide range of Internet speeds that Malaysians can choose from when he grumbles about the slow Internet speed in the country, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

In Malaysia, one could even choose the 20 megabits per second (Mbps) if they want higher speed Internet service, said Salleh who rebutted the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament’s claim that he was unconcerned about Malaysia’s poor Internet speed.

“Actually there are a wide range of Internet speeds that Malaysians can choose from but about 71 percent of Malaysian Internet users prefer the slower Streamyx broadband package that offers speeds of between 384 Kbps to 1 Mbps,” he said in his latest blog posting, sskeruak.blogspot.my, here Monday night.

However, Salleh said even though higher broadband speeds are available, the majority of customers would subscribe to the cheaper ones and thus slower packages.

Noting several countries including Singapore and Thailand have Internet speed range of up to 5Mbps, Salleh said Malaysia could also increase the Internet speed to similar level, and force Malaysians to buy the higher-speed package.

“But that would mean the cost would be higher as well and Internet usage will be available to only those who can afford to pay the higher cost. So in the end it all boils down to affordability and Malaysia offers affordable Internet to those who want it and higher speed Internet for whom money is not a problem,” he said.

Chiding Lim for just talking about speed, Salleh said Malaysia’s focus is speed, coverage and affordability.

“We want to ensure that by 2020 at least 95 percent of Malaysians will have access to the Internet. And we also want to ensure that at least 50 percent of urban areas and 20 per cent of rural areas have broadband speeds of 100 Mbps,” he said.

Taking the advantage from news reports about Malaysia’s poor ranking in Internet speed, Lim was reported to have quipped about Salleh and his penchant for blog posting, defending the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, rather then focusing on Malaysia’s Internet infrastructure.

– BERNAMA