Monday, August 28, 2017

Removing the Malaysian flag from Malaysian territory ,and the unprecedented jailing of a former CAF-A coincidence , or is there a common China link

by Ganesh Sahathevan

                   Jen (ret) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal

Could these two incidents, the removal of the Malaysian flag from Malaysian territory to appease China, and the jailing of the former Chief Of Army and Chief Of  Armed Forces Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal,  be related?
This writer cannot imagine any member of the armed forces, let alone a Chief Of Armed Forces (CAF) being happy with an order to remove the Malaysian flag from Malaysian territory to appease China.

To quote the Australian Australian marine archaeologist Hans Berekoven:

"A Malaysian coast guard vessel was despatched. Went out there and unbolted the flag," he said.

"It's absolutely absurd. It's 88 miles, well within the 200 mile economic exclusion zone, and they've forced the Malaysians to take the flag down — their flag, asserting their authority, their sovereignty."

Did the former CAF and others in the armed forces protest, and was the jailing of Tan Sri Aziz  Zainal a means of keeping them in line?


Monday, August 8, 2016

ABC Australia reports that Malaysia surrendered special rights to Luconia Shoals to China : Rights to adjoining EEZ may be lost

by Ganesh Sahathevan

ABC TV reported on Sunday 7 August  an incident on or about 31 August 2015 whenMalaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency(Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia) officers removed a Malaysian flag that had been planted on Luconia Shoals by  Australian marine archaeologist Hans Berekoven. 

The planting of the flag itself has been reported before (see below) but it was only yesterday that Berekoven revealed on ABC TV   that a MMEA Bombardier surveillance plane flew over after he planted the flag, and that MMEA officers then came on to the shoal and removed the Malaysian flag.

By doing so the Malaysian Government has signalled that it will not enforce its hitherto exclusive right to administer and enjoy the economic zone on and around Luconia Shoal. Given that China has been asserting what it says is its right to the shoal (and the entire South China Sea) ,it follows that China can now enjoy equal if not greater right to the shoal and the surrounding economic zone. 

The map below illustrates what has been lost.The polygons represent oil concessions awarded by Malaysia and Indonesia. 

The map may be viewed and enlarged at this link.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

General Tan Sri Aziz Zainal Jailing Will Cost Voters -Consequences of Malaysia's unprecedented jailing of a former Chief of Army and Chief Of Armed Forces

by Ganesh Sahathevan

                   Jen (ret) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency announced on Monday that it had charged and remanded (ie held in prison) a former Chief Of Army and Chief Of Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Aziz  Zainal.
Malay political and cultural reality dictates that regardless of the merits of the charges against him, General Aziz will be seen by his men  to have been humiliated by a Government that has been slow to move on far larger cases of corruption like 1 MDB.

His troops will draw parallels between the treatment of their chief  (it matters not that he has retired) and Jho Low of 1 MDB infamy.Questions will also be asked about Riza Aziz , PM Najib's step-son who is said to have directly benefited from Jho Low's theft.

Story image for jho low from Malaysia Chronicle

Malaysia Chronicle

Malaysian soldiers and their leaders are not likely to overthrow their government in an armed revolt, but the Government does rely on them as voters, both in their constituencies and for their postal votes. Given the treatment of their chief, compliance with orders on how and where to vote can no longer be taken for granted. The Government and UMNO may have lost a substantial bank of voters.


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