Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: The High Court trial of Hassan Hj Ali Basari, a police corporal charged with intentionally withholding information related to terrorist acts heard, Tuesday, that police began tapping his conversations for possible complicity when a group of Sulu militants intruded at Kg Tanduo in Lahad Datu, early this year.
The prosecution's protected witness Number Two, who was testifying under protection from an undisclosed location within the courthouse building, told Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru that he/she listened to the communication upon being instructed by the superior.
The witness, an administrative assistant at Special Branch in Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, told the court that his/her duty was to process the information and do a translation, if needed, as he/she was fluent in Suluk, Bajau and Malay.
Asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Dato' Nordin Hassan during examination-in-chief, the witness said three interceptions were made on Feb. 25, March 2 and March 3, 2003.
Referring to a document dated Feb 25, the witness said the conversation was between Datu Amir Bahar and Raja Datu Agbimuddin in Suluk at 10.31pm whereby Amir, who made the call, informed Raja he had been tipped off by Hassan that the Malaysian government would be coming at 12.30am, to which Raja replied they would be ready.
Datu Amir also said that Hassan and Husin were brothers and like their own family. The witness said by monitoring daily, he/she could identify their voices.
The witness testified further that he/she heard a conversation between a "Lelaki Sabah" (Sabahan man or LS) and Hassan at 7.37pm on March 2, whereby LS asked "How" to which Hassan replied "standby".
The former then asked whether its already war, to which the latter replied "yes, yesterday".
The witness also heard that Hassan asked LS whether he had contacted Philippines and LS said "Yes, more than 400 people will be coming to Sabah from Bongao to assist". To a question by Hassan on whether they comprised MNLF soldiers, LS said "already mixed with Sultan".
The witness further testified that the third interception was at 9.28am on March 2013 made by LS to Hassan where LS told Hassan that from the information he obtained from the internet, the number of the intruders, who will be coming, is hitting thousand and needed more financial support.
Hassan agreed saying USA was among them with support also from Nur Misuari (ex-MNLF leader).
Other conversations between them were that Ismail Kiram wanted to claim their right over Sabah and that if the Malaysia Government did not obey their wishes, they will create chaos in Sabah.
Hassan told LS it was said that Ismail was going to send people to enter Sabah and use guerilla tactics as stated by Misuari earlier.
On trial is Detective Corporal Hassan Hj Ali Basari , 58, who is accused of intentionally omitting to give any information relating to terrorist acts, between January this year and March 3 in the office of the Special Branch chief at the Lahad Datu Police Headquarters.
The charge, under Section 130M of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to seven years or fine or both on conviction.
The prosecution's third witness, Mohd Ali Asmali, 39, an auxiliary police at Felda Sabahat 20, Kg Embara Budi Lahad Datu, told the court he and another friend went fishing in a boat at Tanduo waters at 7pm on Feb. 11, 2013.
While fishing at about 2am on Feb. 12, they heard a boat and could tell from the engine sound that the boat was big. The boat was heading to Tanduo beach.
"After that we heard, the boat speeding to the high sea.
We finished fishing at about 6.40am and returned to the beach.
On our way, I saw 100 people gathered at the surau area.
Our distance from the surau was about 100 metres.
"We saw people clad in camouflage fatigues with some wearing red bands on their heads and arms. Some also wore white songkok," said Mohd Ali, adding the men were not the Malaysian army.
"I was amazed and scared. We decided not to land at the place where the people gathered but headed to the rivermouth about 30-40 meters away," said Mohd Ali, adding they then went to Cendrawasih police station to report the matter the same day.
When cross-examined by one of Hassan's counsel Ram Singh, Mohd Ali said they went to the police station at 8.20am and reported the matter to the station superior, Nazri.
Heowever, he only managed to lodge the report at 4.13pm as he had to wait for the Lahad Datu OCPD, who wanted to hear the information personally.
Nordin appeared together with DPPs Nazrul Nizam Mohd Zameri, Cheng Heng Kher and Anati Kisahi while Hassan is represented by counsel Kamarudin Mohamad Chinki and assisted by Ram Singh and YS Lo.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
It is a stark revelation that the RCI cannot be used as a yardstick to measure the extent of government involvement in the issuance of Malaysian identity cards to illegal immigrants.
Most of the identity cards were sold by irresponsible and corrupt West Malaysian officers who came to Sabah to make fast money with little conscience that their actions have far-reaching consequences, detrimental to the interests and well-being of Sabahans.
A number of witnesses called up by the commission had been unreliable. Some were too smart for their own good, some just plain stupid and some gave only half the truth.
The recent claim made by Sabah Suluk Ethnic Clan Association secretary Mohd Zaki Hari Susanto (a Suluk with an Indonesian name) that Api-Api assemblywoman Christina Liew was an Indonesian Chinese before becoming Malaysian was a clear case of ignorance. The man is just plain stupid, doesn't know what he is talking about. Many people knew Christina Liew from childhood and knew she is a Sabahan and a naturalised Malaysian. What was uttered by this man at the RCI was untrue.
Liew has clarified her status here.
Many young Malaysians are ignorant of the history of this country because our history books in schools are so badly written, it imparts very little knowledge of pre-independence history and the position of the migrant races who stepped foot on this shore before independence.
Those who were born outside Malaysia but were residents of Malaya before 31st August 1957 and those in Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore residents before 31st August 1963 had the option of staying as British citizen or become Malaysians by naturalisation.
Obviously, Liew's parents opted to become Malaysian citizens and the rest is history.
There seemed to be a mix-up where she was born. Christina says she was born in Hong Kong and came to Sabah with her parents when she was one month old, but RCI panel member Tan Sri Henry Chin seemed to think she was born in Tawau and claimed to know her family well.
Christina is not alone, there are many like her, naturalised on the day of the formation of Malaysia.
One, that I personally know is Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Clement Skinner, who was born in Burma and is a Sabahan and Malaysian by naturalisation.
Nothing in the State or Federal Constitution that forbids naturalised citizen to become elected member.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
BERLAKU pertengkaran dalam pendengaran Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) berhubung isu pendatang di Sabah hari ini apabila pemimpin masyarakat Suluk berulang kali menegaskan bahawa seorang anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) negeri itu dilahirkan di Indonesia.
Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto berkata, walaupun lahir di republik itu, Christina Liew (kanan) daripada PKR berjaya menjadi Wakil Rakyat Api-Api.
Mohd Zaki berkata, mereka mendapat maklumat daripada warganegara Indonesia di Tawau yang mengesahkan Liew seorang Cina Indonesia.
Beliau mengetengahkan isu itu kerana hanya kumpulan Bajau dan Suluk disasarkan dalam RCI, jelasnya.
"Jangan hanya sasarkan satu atau dua kumpulan etnik sahaja," katanya lagi.
Bagaimanapun, seorang pesuruhjaya RCI Henry Chin berkata, beliau pasti Liew lahir di Tawau dan beliau mengetahuinya kerana menjadi Ketua Polis di daerah di Sabah itu pada masa itu. (MKINI)