Anwar's kin, friends, allies given big projects
Monday, September 28, 1998
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Some of the major projects awarded during Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's tenure as Finance Minister were to his close friends, allies and relatives. These included several packages at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, independent power generating projects, hospital and medical facilities, highways and the dedicated rail link to the KLIA.
While making allegations against Dr Mahathir, Anwar did not, however, discuss projects in which his friends and relatives have substantial interest.
He had also neglected to admit that as chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure and chairman of the Cabinet Committee on KLIA, he had a direct say in the contracts.
If any of the contracts was awarded to members of the Prime Minister's family, Anwar was himself involved in making the decision.
KLIA Bhd chairman Tan Sri Clifford Herbert could not be reached for comment but checks showed that a company linked to Anwar's close aide and chairman of his think-tank, Institut Kajian Dasar, Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar, was given six KLIA main contract packages.
The company, Lankhorst Pancabumi Contractors Sdn Bhd, is a subsidiary of Lankhorst Bhd, of which Kamaruddin is executive chairman. Kamaruddin is currently being held under the Internal Security Act.
The six packages awarded to Lankhorst Pancabumi in KLIA were for the construction of the Bunga Raya VVIP terminal, landside fire station, police station, quarantine facilities, Fama building as well as grooving of runways.
Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad, which until recently was under Anwar's control, was also given a number of contracts relating to the project.
A consortium involving MRCB, Adranz and Mudajaya Corporation was awarded the contract to build the track transit system at the airport.
In fact, Anwar repeatedly visited the project and openly expressed satisfaction with its progress.
On March 11, just months before the airport was officially opened, Anwar told reporters that the Cabinet Committee on KLIA was happy with the progress of the airport construction.
In the video recording, Anwar also referred to the Prime Minister's residence now being bulit in Putrajaya as "his official palace" claiming that he did not agree to its construction.
Anwar was again silent on the fact that the construction of Putrajaya as the new government administration centre was collectively agreed upon by the Cabinet of which he was a senior member until he was sacked on Sept 2.
He also ignored the fact that the question of the Prime Minister's official residence was discussed in Parliament on July 15 when Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman told the House that the house was the Prime Minister's official residence and not Dr Mahathir's private home.
"The residence, which is currently under construction, is a permanent feature as the Government does not intend to build a new residence for the Prime Minister from time to time," Fauzi had said.
He had said the official residence cost RM16.7 million and not RM200 million as alleged by certain quarters. Fauzi had told the Dewan Rakyat then: "The planning has taken into consideration the status of the Prime Minister as the head of Government, hence reflecting the nation's sovereignty."
This, however, did not stop Anwar from telling the untruth when he told a gathering in Kuala Terengganu three days before his detention under the Internal Security Act that the house cost RM200 million.
Anwar's associates also have interests in several big projects such as the RM4 billion KL Sentral (MRCB), the RM3 billion to RM4 billion Express Rail Link (Penang Umno Youth chief Dr Abdul Rahim Ghouse) and the RM10 billion KL Linear City (Kamaruddin).
Others are the RM2.2 billion KL People Mover Rapid Transit (Kamaruddin), Sabah Shipyard Sdn Bhd (Kamaruddin), the RM4 billion Segari independent power producer, the biggest in the country so far, (MRCB and Malakoff), the RM700 million Port Dickson IPP (MRCB), the RM1.1 billion Ipoh-Lumut Expressway (MRCB), the RM120 million IPP Melawa in Sabah (Realmild Sdn Bhd) and Hospital Support Services (Realmild).
Anwar's father, Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, is chairman of Industrial Oxygen Incorporated Berhad, which has been awarded the Hospital Permai redevelopment project in Johor Baru.
In the video recording Anwar also questioned the deal between Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd and Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Bhd, despite having himself claimed that it was not a bail-out.
Source: New Straits Times.
ADA LAGI CERITA LAMA YANG MESTI DIINGAT!!!
Sunday, September 20, 1998
By Satwant Singh and Sujatani Poosparajah
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Two men were sentenced to six months' jail each by the Sessions Court today after pleading guilty to a charge of committing an act of gross indecency by allowing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to sodomise them.
Dr Munawar Ahmad Anees, 51, a consultant with Realmild Sdn Bhd, and Anwar's adopted brother, Sukma Darmawan Sasmitaat Madja, 37, who were separately charged, admitted to allowing Anwar to sodomise them.
The charge against Munawar read:
"That you in the month of March 1993, at night, at No 8, Jalan Setia Murni 1, Bukit Damansara, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, committed an act of gross indecency with one Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by allowing him to introduce his penis into your anus and you had thereby committed an offence punishable under section 377D of the Penal Code".
The charge against Sukma Darmawan read:
"That you in the month of April 1998, at night, at the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister at No. 47, Jalan Damansara in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur committed an act of gross indecency with one Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by allowing the said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to introduce his penis into your anus and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under section 377D of the Penal Code".
Section 377D states that "Any person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any person of, any act of gross indecency with another person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years".
Munawar was charged before judge Lim Yee Lan while Sukma Darmawan was charged before judge Hasnah Mohd Hashim.
Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Azahar Mohamad, prosecuting before Lim, said when presenting the facts, that in 1989 Munawar, then a visiting lecturer at Institut Teknologi Mara, befriended Anwar, who was then Education Minister.
He said the friendship between them was not confined as a lecturer and a Minister but they were friends and intellectual companions.
Azahar said from time to time Anwar would invite Munawar to his residence at Bukit Damansara to discuss or show articles and latest books that the former had acquired.
He said one night, in March 1993, Anwar invited Munawar to his house where the latter allowed Anwar to insert his penis into Munawar's anus.
Azahar said this act took place in a small room near a library at the top floor of the house.
Munawar, a Pakistani national, was born in Karachi and holds a permanent resident status in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Abdul Gani Patail, prosecuting before Hasnah said when presenting the facts that Sukma Darmawan was given a special room in Anwar's official residence although he had his own house at Tivoli Villa, Bangsar.
Abdul Gani said one day in April 1998, Sukma Darmawan, a businessman, went to the official residence to spend the night there.
Abdul Gani said that night, while Anwar's family was asleep, Anwar entered Sukma Darmawan's room and invited the latter to engage in unnatural sex.
Lim ordered Munawar to serve sentence from his date of arrest yesterday while Hasnah ordered Sukma Darmawan to begin sentence from the date of arrest on Sept 6.
Earlier, before the court sat to hear Munawar's case, lawyer Zainur Zakaria walked in and told the accused, who was in the dock, that he (Zainur) had been appointed to represent the former.
However, Munawar, raising his voice, asked: "Who the hell do you think you are?... Who the hell are you?" Zainur then left the courtroom.
At that time, Mohd Yacob Karim was already in the court to represent Munawar.
Over in the other Sessions Court, just as Mohamed Noor Don, representing Sukma Darmawan, began to mitigate, lawyer Zulkifli Nordin interrupted proceedings, claiming that he was appearing for the accused's next-of-kin.
He then sought the court's "kindness" to allow Sukma Darmawan's family to see him.
However, Hasnah rejected Zulkifli's application, on grounds that he was not counsel for the accused, nor was he a friend of the court or holding a watching brief for any interested party.
Sukma Darmawan, born in Indonesia, obtained his Malaysian citizenship last year.
Anwar's father, Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, was in the packed gallery.
Munawar and Sukma Darmawan shielded their faces with their jackets from photographers as they were brought to the court by the police at 10.30am to face the charge.
Source: The New Straits Times.