G3: Liew Chin Tong tends to talk a lot of nonsense.
If indeed the DAP-led Government of Malaysia (GoM) was sincere in de-escalating tensions with Singapore (see news item, far below), the first thing Anthony Loke would have done when Malaysia was accused by his Singaporean counterpart of “encroaching into Singaporean waters” would have been to seek discussions.
That never happened.
As a matter of fact, it was due to Loke’s arrogance that Singaporean Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan threatened Malaysia with armed forces from the Singapore navy and demanded that Malaysia remove the Johor port extension.
Ever since Pakatan Harapan took over the reins of federal government, its administration pulled one stunt after another in breach of existing agreements between our two nations, beginning with Mahathir’s pussyfooting over the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project and its eventual two-year deferral by the Government of Singapore (GoS).
On the 9th of July 2018, TTF wrote:
There are 101 reasons why Mahathir and Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali would want the HSR project to be scrapped.
The duo are attempting to break every possible link there may be between Anwar, Wan Azmi and Gamuda’s largest shareholder, Raja Dato’ Seri Eleena Raja Azlan Shah.
Raja Eleena is the daughter of Raja Azlan Shah and happens also to be listed in Forbes’ 40 Richest Malaysians as among the country’s richest women.
Both Mahathir and Azmin are concerned that Anwar may share a rapport of sorts with Raja Eleena though the Sultan of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah.
To prevent Anwar’s men from gaining control of SPLASH, Mahathir decided to scrap the HSR project to plunge Gamuda’s shares into a tailspin.
He then got his cronies to snap some of those shares up and is now a major player in the Selangor water scene.
Question is, was Vincent among the cronies who helped him sink his teeth into the Gamuda pie by proxy?
Soon after the 14th general election, The Third Force revealed that Tan Sri Vincent Tan snapped up 22.2 million of Syarikat T7 Global’s shares between the 15th of May to the 18th of May 2018.
T7 Global is the company that was awarded the East Coast Rail Line project (ECRL) at an estimated cost of RM55 billion.
On the 25th of June 2018, TTF wrote:
In a bolt from the blue, the government increased the cost required by Syarikat T7 Global to run the project from RM55 billion to RM70 billion. What this means, is that Vincent’s entry ballooned the cost up by a whopping RM15 billion for absolutely no rhyme or reason. Question is, will that RM15 billion now end in Vincent coffers before wending it’s way into PPBM’s war chest?
The minute that message went viral, the Registrar of Companies (RoC) undertook to disable a service that allowed members of the public to purchase company profiles online.
What this means, is that people will no longer know which crony of Mahathir is snapping up which share, when, where and how.
Two to three days after the mysterious ‘blackout’, Mahathir announced that the government agreed to scrap the HSR project “due to the high financial cost that was involved.”
The developer and asset owner of the said project on the Malaysian side was MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd, an entity fully owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance.
On the 31st of May 2018, MyHSR Corp undertook to cancel the signing of documents with MRCB-Gamuda consortium following the scrapping of the project.
The consortium was supposed to be the delivery partner for the northern section of the project from the Bandar Malaysia station to Melaka.
The minute the project was cancelled, Gamuda’s share prices suffered a 37.6% decline from the value it registered right after the 14th general election.
Mahathir’s cronies made a helluva lot of money in the process.
On the 2nd of September 2018, TTF wrote:
The Singaporeans knew precisely why Mahathir had planned to expand Malaysian territory southward by introducing non-submerged land mass around the Middle Rocks cluster.
The cluster just so happens to sit within the eastern opening of the Singapore Straits and the western edge of the South China Sea.
They know that the area is rich with oil and is of interest to the People’s Republic of China.
Mahathir is aware that the Chinese government has long had disputes with the Singaporean government and is desperate to work with Malaysia in exploiting the region.
He planned to build an island where Middle Rocks stands to redraw territorial borders and force Singapore into renegotiating Maritime Security arrangements.
The renegotiation would immediately grant Malaysia exclusive rights to the edge of the South China Sea and allow our oil and gas companies to partake in deep-sea drilling within the region.
Yesterday, TTF added:
Basically, all of what’s going on (with regards to the recent spat between Singapore and Malaysia on maritime and airspace security) has to do with plans by the Mahathir administration to redraw maritime security borders in order that the Prime Minister’s cronies can conduct deep-sea drilling in present day Singaporean waters.
That explains why our southern neighbour decided to conduct military exercises across the Republic, including live-firing exercises by the army and air force.
Singapore has quietly been discussing military action against Malaysia and the possibility of it severing all diplomatic ties with the Mahathir administration.
And you thought the DAP-led Pakatan government was all about preserving peace and harmony.
It’s all about money, oil and crony-capitalism.
The more the DAP-led GoM feeds Mahathir’s cronies with billion-dollar projects, the more these cronies will pump money into Pakatan’s war chests ahead of the 15th general election (GE15).
But Pakatan hasn’t the faintest idea how GE15 will eventually be played out.
Notwithstanding, Liew Chin Tong’s desperate attempt to sugarcoat the GoM’s plan to bring Singapore to heel is as pathetic as pathetic gets and clearly demonstrates how stupid he thinks we are.
SUBANG JAYA: Malaysia does not intend to fight “fire with fire” and escalate tensions with Singapore amid maritime and airspace disputes, Liew Chin Tong said today.
But the deputy defence minister also said the government is not going to budge from its position or demands.
“The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have said they want to de-escalate the situation. We don’t want to get into any further escalation and heighten the issue.
“There is no interest in increasing the conflict. We are not going to fight fire with fire.
“While Singapore is not budging, Malaysia is also not budging,” he told reporters when met after the “New Malaysia Rising: The Challenge of Fulfilling the Dream” forum.
Source: The Malay Mail Online