30 January 2016
Good morning, it’s 7.30 am London time. I finally had a good straight 8 hours of sleep last night.
It is also great to wake up to the news of the Swiss Authorities are now asking where is US$4 billion. This coverage is in some UK newspapers too. See the original media statement from the Swiss AG office below.
Note that the USD 4 billion suspected of misappropriation covers only the period 2009 to 2013. Interestingly, it also mentions Genting and Ananda Krishnan’s Tanjong, presumably this refers to the power plant deals in 2013?
31 January 2016
Good morning from UK. I am on the train on the way to Manchester to spend the day there meeting Malaysians.
Yesterday, we had a good day in London. We were at University College London to meet some 30 students around 3 pm to 5pm. Then we went to a public forum in Chinatown. It was a good crowd of 240. It was a good session, less rhetorics more on policies. The video of the event will be up in about one week or so.
1 February 2016
Good morning from London. Yesteday, Rafizi Ramli, Nik Nazmi and I went to Manchester for a day trip to meet with Malaysians there.
We had an open forum followed by another closed door event. It was a reasonably good (mostly students) crowd of about 90 pax and then a smaller group of 30.
The questions were mostly very good, from philosophical to policy and economic stuff. Some questions were hard hitting and cerebral. It was also really touching to meet students and hearing about their aspirations for Malaysia. I generally tell them to focus on careers first for at least 10 to 15 years before going into full time politics. It’s very important they pick up necessary working skills and understand the real world, before diving into the unreal world of politics. I also had quite a lot of inquiries for internship in my office.
I was particularly happy to see my former intern Alycia, who is currently studying in Liverpool. She made a special trip to meet up.
Manchester, as usual was raining. We had a meal in the curry mile and then hopped on the train back to London.
Today, Raf and I are going to Bristol around lunch time (Nik is flying back tonight). So this morning, am gonna try to do a quick visit of the National Art Gallery and National Potrait before catching the train at Waterloo.
2 February 2016
Good morning. It’s 7.30 am in London. Yesterday was a good day but very dull, cold and windy. I visited the National Gallery and National Potrait Gallery in the morning then rushed to catch a train to Bristol at noon.
At Bristol, we were greeted by a crowd of 100 students. We did a 2.5 hours forum in the hall and after having to vacate the hall, continued outside the hall. There is a lot of concern about the state of government finances and many are worried about scholarship cuts.
My rapid fire Q&A session with students outside the hall, revealed that students are able to form and grasp critical ideas. They are far more engaged now than when I was a student in the UK. It was a long but fruitful day, arriving back in London close to midnight.
Today, Rafizi and I will be going to the UK Parliament to visit some UK MPs to discuss bilateral issues.
Rafizi Ramli and I went to UK Parliament this morning. We had a very productive meeting with Rt Hon Ann Clwyd, a senior Labour MP. We discussed a wide range of issues. Tomorrow, we are going to the the UK Foreign Office for a meeting.