Monday, November 28, 2005




Anonymous Anonymous said...

spyz : national hero...

Gone, but never forgotten

It has been 22 years since the BMF scandal paralysed Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad. The bigger story was the murder of BMF assistant general manager Jalil Ibrahim, who was sent to Hong Kong to investigate alleged irregularities at the bank’s subsidiary. SARBAN SINGH revisits the case and talks to Jalil’s widow, Rosnawi Ibrahim, on life after his death.
JALIL Ibrahim would have been a grandfather if he were alive today.

Not many remember the bespectacled former student of the Royal Military College who was killed in Hong Kong in July 1983 while investigating a case involving the fraudulent award of RM2.5 billion (then) in loans by Bumiputra Finance Berhad to the Carrian Group helmed by Malaysian businessman George Tan.

He was killed by another Malaysian, Mak Foon Than, who was eventually sentenced to death by the Hong Kong High Court.

The case received wide coverage as the names of several Malaysian politicians were dragged in. The Carrian group’s spectacular collapse the same year was also to become Hong Kong’s largest bankruptcy.

BMF was the subsidiary of BBMB, which was then Asean’s largest bank.

Jalil’s wife, Rosnawi Ibrahim, says her Malacca- born husband had always liked working with figures and that was why maths and accounting were his favourite subjects in school.

A bright student, he went on to pursue a degree in accountancy at New Zealand’s Christchurch University.

Upon his return in 1971, he was offered a position to teach at Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak, one of the premier schools in Seremban.

That was where he met Rosnawi, a teacher at the school. They married in August 1974.

The following year, Jalil applied to join Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad and was made an officer at its internal audit department.

Rosnawi, who had just completed her degree from Universiti Malaya, was transferred to another premier institution, the Tunku Kurshiah College.

A hardworking and honest officer, Jalil was promoted quickly. In 1980, he went to Switzerland’s Imede University to do his Master’s in business administration.

Rosnawi said upon his return, the management didn’t know where to put him. "They moved him from one department to another but Jalil knew his calling was doing audit work."

In early 1983, the BBMB management discovered irregularities in the award of loans amounting to RM700 million by BMF to three property developers — the Carrian Group of companies, Eda Investment and an individual, Kevin Hsu.

Jalil was sent to Hong Kong to conduct an audit. Within a month, he submitted a report, and among the questions raised was the identity of the Malaysian who owned 25 million shares in the ailing Carrian Group and whether the loans were given out simply because the borrowers were well connected.

He then wrote to a Malaysian politician asking him to confirm whether he owned the shares.

As Jalil unearthed more irregularities, he was required to travel more often to Hong Kong.

In early July 1983, Jalil returned home to celebrate Hari Raya with Rosnawi and their children in Seremban and his mother Bebe Ahmad in Malacca.

It was to be his last visit back alive. After spending 10 days in Malaysia, he left for Hong Kong again.

But before departing, he handed over a confidential report to his superiors on the wrongdoings at BMF.

Jalil, who was the head of the internal audit department by then, was back at his desk at BMF Hong Kong the next morning when he received a call on his direct line.

He left just before noon and, according to police investigations, he went to the Regent Hotel to meet a Malaysian businessman.

He reportedly told his staff that he was going to meet a "Datuk". The next day, police found Jalil’s body at a banana grove at Taipo Kau village in the rural New Territories.

However, it was only 48 hours later that Rosnawi was informed of the murder.

At the time of his murder, the eldest child, Ruzail Fitri, was only eight, the second, Razman, was in kindergarten, Ros Anita, the couple’s only daughter, was three and the youngest, Ahmad Razlan, six months.

"He used to write to us every week. He sounded very tense and would tell us how selfish some people in the finance company were," says Rosnawi, who retired in December 2000.

The autopsy report and police investigations later revealed that Jalil was strangled with a white bathrobe belt. His body was stuffed into a large suitcase, which a porter at the hotel was told to cart through the Regent lobby and load into a taxi trunk.

Suddenly, Rosnawi’s world was shattered. She had four young children and the future seemed bleak.

"But I was lucky because I had nine siblings who used to come around every time.

"My in-laws and colleagues also provided me with plenty of emotional support."

Rosnawi, playing the role of both father and mother, made sure her children received proper education and grooming. The children repaid her sacrifices by graduating from university.

Ruzail went to Universiti Utara Malaysia, Razman to Cornell University, Ros Anita completed her Master in Engineering at Imperial College in Britain, and Ahmad Roslan has just graduated from Universiti Teknologi Petronas as a systems engineer.

Ruzail has a two-month- old daughter.

According to Rosnawi, Jalil, who used to commute daily from their home in Seremban to work in Kuala Lumpur was a doting father.

"Although he would go to work before dawn and return only at dusk, he would still pat the children to sleep.

"And as far as the children were concerned, it was only the father who could do that."

She fondly remembers that her husband had a penchant for Fiat models.

Rosnawi never liked her husband’s job because as an auditor, he was required to do a fair bit of travelling. But she never stopped him because that was what he wanted to do.

"We sort of got used to him being away from home for long periods. But it eventually sank in that he would never return home."

Yes, she did have her share of problems bringing up the children as a single parent.

"Like any other children, mine too would rebel at times. But it was never a major problem."

The BBMB management, she added, was also kind enough to subsidise her children’s education through university.

Although she is grateful to God for her children’s success, Rosnawi had hoped that her daughter would take up medicine.

"But when she told me that she wanted to be an engineer I gave in to her wishes."

Jalil’s colleagues described him as a dedicated and honest employee.

"He was a workaholic. When I visited him once in Hong Kong, he was so busy that he could hardly find time to show me around," says Rosnawi.

"It was the wife of his colleague (another BMF assistant general manager) who took me around."

She says Jalil, being a Malacca-born, loved asam pedas and kicap-based dishes, was an avid sportsman, with football, hockey and badminton his favourites.

Asked if she was prepared to forgive her husband’s killer(s), Rosnawi, after a brief silence, says, as a Muslim she would be compelled to do so.

"But whatever I do, he would never come back alive. My religion teaches us to accept and forgive."

She added that the question remains whether the convicted murderer acted alone or was part of a bigger conspiracy.

Jalil was missed most whenever her children graduated from university and when the couple’s eldest son got married.

Rosnawi says Jalil was a disciplinarian probably because of the training he received at RMC.

"But he was not really strict with his children because they never gave him much trouble.

"But in school, he was feared. He was known to use military-style discipline when teaching."

Rosnawi lives in the same house the couple bought after they got married.

Asked why none of her children followed their father’s footsteps, Rosnawi said Ruzail was interested but never applied to join the banking sector.

"Maybe it was because at the time he graduated, the country was facing an economic crisis."

What does she do now that she is retired?

"Well, I attend religious classes and, whenever possible, lend my support to associations whose cause I believe in."

11/28/2005 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spyz : yo lah tu.. memoir ko bila nak siap?? at least aku ada gak blog.. haha..

Dr M: Lack of history books a loss to Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA: The lack of factually correct history books on the country’s various phases and how they affect the “little people” is a great loss to Malaysians, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former Prime Minister said the lack of writing culture among the people had resulted in the young not being able to appreciate the hardships and achievements of the older generations.

“Unlike the British, most of us are not keen to write about our day-to-day experiences, like how inflation is affecting us. The lack of reading materials written by our own people is unfortunate because the younger generation cannot learn from our history.

“They also cannot appreciate why the older generation likes to stress on how difficult their lives were,” he said when launching the memoir of former Federal Judge Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Shamsudin.

Commending Abdul Aziz for writing the book, Dr Mahathir said the younger generation could learn a lot from the writer’s spirit and perseverance and the fact that he still kept an active interest in various issues.

“That is the spirit that I tried to instil in the people while I was the Prime Minister. I always stressed that we had to work hard if we wanted to get paid.

“Unfortunately, there are still many who are willing to accept payment for doing nothing, like becoming a sleeping partner.”

Dr Mahathir added that such a trait had resulted in Malaya being ruled by the British in the early days as the Malay Sultans of old were only interested in the “political pension” promised to them.

The release of Abdul Aziz’s 70-page memoir titled Statesman of Five Eras coincided with his 83rd birthday.

11/28/2005 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spyz : ketuk ketampi=ubat sembelit

Nude video clip probe
by Tony Emmanuel

As public outrage escalates over the infamous "balai polis" video clip, police attention has shifted to the person who recorded the ear-squats done by a nude woman.
Investigators are also trying to locate the woman in the clip so that she can possibly help identify the mysterious individual who recorded the incident at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters.

Using the freeze frame technique, investigators are expected to "blow up" visuals of several scenes: the moment she looks up facing the camera and when she puts on her dark-coloured sleeves top.

These scenes were the clearest images in the clip and may help facilitate identification.

Copies of the photographs will be distributed to prisons and immigration detention centres.

Police intend to unmask the person who video-recorded the woman performing the procedure, which is aimed at dislodging anything hidden in the private parts.

Investigators believe the woman could have been arrested for an offence or she would not have been taken to the changing room at the lock-up where the video recording took place.

The "balai polis" video clip of the female Chinese detainee being forced to do ear squats in the nude in a police station lockup has led to a massive public outcry.

Politicians and non-governmental agencies are calling for an end to this practice, which they say humiliates the individual and breaches basic human rights.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that ear squats in the nude, shocking as they may be, are allowed under police procedures.

The New Sunday Times learnt it was also "standard operating procedure" among enforcement agencies and in prisons in several countries.

It is among other procedures, including "pat downs" or emptying of pockets, carried out at the time of arrest and before handcuffs are applied. A more thorough search is performed at the police station.

A strip search is when an individual under arrest is required to remove all clothing.

This is to facilitate visual inspection of the body together with a search of the clothing.

A body cavity search (a form of strip search) is carried out when an individual under arrest would have the orifices (rectum, vagina, etc) examined for contraband, objects and drugs. It normally involves visual inspection or actual manual probing.

"Squatting is a form of body-cavity strip search which women undergo before being confined at an immigration detention centre, police lock-up or prison cell," a source said.

It would seem that repeated squats are supposed to "force" women detainees to discharge concealed objects.

"In some instances, some of them are hosed down — with strong jets directed at them — to remove items hidden in locks of hair, etc.

"This issue (to search or not) has been one which continues to trouble enforcement agencies, and in the US a majority of lawsuits were over strip and body cavity searches."

The source said strip and body cavity searches were performed as such acts were allowed and necessary.

"Some may argue it is improper, but it applies to the daily operations at prisons."

However, the source said nobody talked about it or was willing to narrate their experiences.

Body and cavity searches are also common during Narcotics Department raids and, in some instances, officers use surgical gloves.

However, there are "general rules" which apply to all strip and body cavity searches of arrested persons. Among them are that:

• a strip or body cavity search must be performed by officers of the same sex as the individual under arrest;

• officers of the opposite sex should not be allowed into the room where the search is being done;

• the room where such search acts are performed should provide privacy from outside observation to ensure dignity and a degree of privacy;

• a body cavity search which involves actual manual probing should be done by qualified personnel, except under urgent circumstances; and,

• individuals being searched should be asked if there were conditions, medical or otherwise, which may affect the search.

11/28/2005 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous J. Weld said...

MF's parent was BBMB - Malays called it 'Bank Bagi Melayu Bankrupt' when it tried to call in non-performaing loans. I gues in the end it was BBMB that became bankrupt because it did business with the political end of town. But it was corrupt there is no doubt about it. One of my Chinese friends was persuaded to guarantee a car loan to a Malay friend. When the borrower couldn't make repayments on the balance of about $25,000, his car was repossessed and the guarantor advised that an offer to purchase it for $15,000 was going to be accepted unless he paid up. This guarantor was an accountant and offered to buy the car for the full $25,000. (Of course they did not sell it to him). He also signed a letter termianting the guarantee and advising them that the borrower had no driving licence (yes, it is true...BBMB did not check if he had a licence) and thus the insurance was not valid. But they gace the borrower the car and two months later, tried to demand money from the guarantor. Of course the gurantor told them 'go hang'. 'How did the borrower manage to borrow money in the first place?' I head you ask. Pretty obvious, isn't it?

3/25/2007 12:36:00 PM  

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