Vincent Tan – a trustee of Perdana Foundation
By Sharifuddin A. Latiff
[Pix above: The young American activist Rachel Corrie after whom the Gaza flotilla ship is named]
There are two Perdana foundations to serve Mahathir’s ego.
Loony Tun speeches
The Perdana Global Peace Organization was kicked off when the ex-premier wanted a personal podium for his “Expose War Crimes: Criminalise War” pitch.
Err … after mission accomplished, can TDM follow up with Expose Corruption and Criminalise the Corrupt, ah?
There is a whole section in the PGPO website housing the full text of TDM’s speeches. Hey, it’s his show mah. There’s also a PGPO video channel where viewers can listen to his keynote addresses. Whoa, read him, see and hear him … correct, correct, correct.
Mukhriz is PGPO advisor. Sooo .. it is read Mahathir, see and hear Mahathir and be blinded by Mukhriz’s shiny pate too. Mukhriz is also coordinator for Peace Malaysia and Mahahtir delivers keynote addresses to this movement — all in the family business.
This website carries a banner that proclaims: “Telekom Malaysia & The Perdana Global Peace Organisation is participating and supporting this FreeGaza Freedom Flotilla mission.” Telekom is a GLC; your taxpayer money is paying for Matthias Chang’s trip on the MV Rachel Corrie; Chang styles himself a “peace activist” by the way.
We got this comment yesterday on our last posting from reader ‘mcauleysworld’ who pointed out these particulars (click to view) about the flotilla participants:
“In the second photo note the ‘stab mark’ on the Israeli soldier’s left leg approximately 5 inches below his belt (on our right – the soldier’s left). Also note that the lifejacketed ‘humanitarian’ has the soldier in a submission hold (see the Israeli’s wrist) also note the 3rd person’s hand and blood stains on the Israeli’s right leg, below the strap. A total of three “humanitarians” attacking this one soldier with knives.”
Not so peaceful after all, it would seem … the activists.
Tan Sri tycoons galore
While looking at PGPO, we also stumbled across its elder cousin the Perdana Leadership Foundation – the lavish retirement present to Mahathir. It is supposed to be in recognition of all Malaysia’s past PMs. However it’s mostly about one PM i.e. loony TDM – as you’d already have guessed; he’s after all the PLF honorary president.
No signs of the still breathing Dollah Badawi holding a position though. Dang! How big is his garden?
From the photos of the place, PLF looks rich and rolling in money.
And why not?
Look at the Who’s Who sitting on the board of trustees. Throw a shoe and you’d hit a billionaire.
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim (Chairman)
Datuk Shahril Shamsuddin (Honorary Treasurer)
Tan Sri Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob (Executive Director)
Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun
Tan Sri Datuk Tee Hock Seng
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haidar Mohamed Noor
Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Kim Yew
Datuk Mohd Khamil Jamil
Dato’ Tan Boon Seng @ Krishnan
Dato’ Seri Lee Oi Hian
Tan Sri Datuk Kua Sian Kooi
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri AP Arumugam
Tan Sri Mohamed Basir Ahmad
Tan Sri Datuk Hj. Mustapha Kamal
Dato’ Azmil Khalili Khalid
Mr. SM Nasarudin Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Tan Sri Rozali Ismail
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Jeffrey Cheah Fook Ling
Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr.) Ir. Chan Ah Chye
Dato’ Haji Nadzam Haji Mohd Din
Tan Sri Datuk G. Gnanalingam
Tan Sri Dato’ Francis Yeoh
Hmmm … but there seems to be two or three prominent billionaires absent.
Perhaps some philanthropists are just a wee bit wary of getting on the President’s List.