Why TOC’s Danisha Hakeem is a menace to the credibility of alternate media

He’s regularly propagating fake news, or fabricated news.

This was very apparent in a story about our financial sector, an important driver of the economy, thus supporting the govt’s argument on the need to regulate fake news:

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong has hinted at the tabling of a Bill aimed at curbing the spread of deliberate online falsehoods in the coming months after numerous consultations and debates among legislators and members of the public surrounding the potential anti-“fake news” laws.

TOC

The fake news is that the S’pore govt was and is not doing anything about S’pore-based banks role in laundering 1MDB funds. This could affect our financial sector, and hence our economy.

Danisha Hakeem ended a TOC piece headlined “Singapore figured very highly as a place from which money laundering occurred”: Veteran business journalist on 1MDB fiasco

Given the stringent approach often adopted by Singapore authorities –– particularly relevant to this case is the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) –– in dealing with legal misconduct, it certainly raises some questions as to why potentially illegal financial movements on such a scale did not seem to have raised any red flags for the authorities at the time the activities were carried out.

In reaching this conclusion, Danisha Hakeem conveniently omitted in the piece the following facts which even my Vocational Institute educated dog knows:

— the banks found to be at fault didn’t report these transactions as suspicious as they were or are supposed to;

— there was an official investigation;

— offending banks (including UOB and StanChart) were fined;

— one bank was closed down;

— and bank executives prosecuted and jailed.

Some links to give the lie to the fake news that the S’pore govt did not do anything about the 1MDB scandal.

— https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/29/singapores-central-bank-fines-credit-suisse-and-uob-for-1mdb-related-transactions.html

— http://fortune.com/2016/10/11/1mdb-singapore-dbs-ubs-falcon-bank/

— https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-scandal-bsi/singapore-sentences-ex-bsi-banker-to-more-jail-time-in-1mdb-linked-case-idUSKBN19X0MC

— https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/1mdb-probe-former-bsi-bank-director-yvonne-seah-sentenced-to-2-w-7670980

He’s like the infamous Alex Tan in fabricating false news.

Also  by fabricating the news, Danisha Hakeem undermines TOC’s claim on why we need independent media: The need for alt media

For the record, I don’t think Terry deserves to be charged for criminal defamation because he took down the offending article when the authorities told him they were unhappy. But given the fake news propagated by Danisha Hakeem in his articles (too many to recount and rebut), one can understand the desire to rough up Terry.

Jokes’ aside, legally there is good reason to suspect that Danisha Hakeem’s trying very hard in this artcle

to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government

Sedition Act: https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/SA1948

And given TOC’s track record, ill intent on his part is easy to prove. Not that the prosecution has to prove intent in any of the following offences.

4.—(1)  Any person who —

(a) does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do, any act which has or which would, if done, have a seditious tendency;
(b) utters any seditious words;
(c) prints, publishes, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious publication; or
[…]
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction for a first offence to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both, and, for a subsequent offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years; and any seditious publication found in the possession of that person or used in evidence at his trial shall be forfeited and may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the court directs.

Or maybe he’s trying to defame the central bank, hoping that the chairman or MD sues him for defamation that that the AG prosecutes him for criminal defamation.

But maybe he really wasn’t trying to propagate fake news or subvert the govt or defame the central bank, but was smoking ganja or ingesting other illegal substance when he wrote the piece?  Or is he a visitor from an alternative S’pore where the Men in White are the Men in Black?

(Related posts)

PM visiting from Bizarro S’pore?

Tharman also from Bizarro S’pore?)

Whatever with Danisha Hakeem churning out articles for TOC (I’ll denounce another one of his pieces soon), the PAP govt doesn’t need to worry. Using TOC as a platform, he discredits all those rational, fair-minded S’poreans (self included) who oppose PAP hegemony. But then maybe that’s his real agenda? He gets thirty pieces of silver?
 

 

Cynical Investor

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15 Responses to “Why TOC’s Danisha Hakeem is a menace to the credibility of alternate media”

  • Mike:

    C.I, you would think you are the smarter version of Jason Chua. Pat yourself on the back, Congratulations in order. Let me give you some advice, should you want to beguile more of the weaker minded here, stick to your topic (i.e. person) of attack. Do not mention or compare with anyone else, because it seems to be a really poor choice of comparison. Like comparing males with females, or unless you claim to be someone in between with the right to know expertly about the subject. :)

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  • Hagen, the legal eagle:

    CI, please read carefully below, “raised any red flags for the authorities “AT THE TIME” the activities were carried out” The legalistic words to note is “AT THE TIME” the activities were carried out.
    Danisha Hakeem is not questioning the S’pore govt “not doing anything” He is questioning why no safe guards? why must let banks report then take action? It is like “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted”
    So agree or not, you’re the one trying to smoke TRE readers here with your OWN fake conclusion?

    Given the stringent approach often adopted by Singapore authorities –– particularly relevant to this case is the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) –– in dealing with legal misconduct, it certainly raises some questions as to why potentially illegal financial movements on such a scale did not seem to have raised any red flags for the authorities at the time the activities were carried out.

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  • The Other Hard Truths:

    IMHO, Cynical Investor is a PAP mole.

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  • liars get tongues cut off:

    pap IBs get tongues cut off after mati. all for the sake of cents per lying post by pap PA.

    wonder what pap IBs learned in school, that it, the cents per lying post, ain’t worth it.

    when life is short on this side of the world, and long long long on the other side. very bad calculation, these pap IBs.

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  • Si Mi Lan:

    Danisha ?

    Sounds like female name.
    Is really a he or she or lgbtqiaa ?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The Other Hard Truths:
    IMHO, Cynical Investor is a PAP mole.

    Well, well, well. It’s not too late to know!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The Other Hard Truths:
    IMHO, Cynical Investor is a PAP mole.

    No MOLE lah he is seeking self-glory since no one visits his Blog and TRE is stoopid enough to give him space(in return for contribution) for his SHIT…ok if he shares or contributes positively, but sadly it is MORE shit than anything else

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  • smartie:

    Cynical Investor been akin to a PAPpet provides good entertaining value though.

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  • CI, 30 pieces of silver man:

    CI, are you the 30 pieces of silver man, or you got 666 pieces?

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  • Mediocre mole:

    Yapzz, a mole that creates “holes” for its’ own master. lol

    The Other Hard Truths:
    IMHO, Cynical Investor is a PAP mole.

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  • Zhenzidan:

    patriot of TUMASIK: No MOLE lah he is seeking self-glory since no one visits his Blog and TRE is stoopid enough to give him space(in return for contribution) for his SHIT…ok if he shares or contributes positively, but sadly it is MORE shit than anything else

    Well said! That’s why still begging for donations!

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  • PacMan:

    CI, 30 pieces of silver man:
    January 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm (Quote)
    “CI, are you the 30 pieces of silver man, or you got 666 pieces?”

    Right and wrong.

    He’s the mole who gets to keep his cut of 30 silver pieces but who will get cut into 666 pieces when he Mr Ox & Mr Horse come looking for him. Akan datang, insyaallahalimahathir.

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  • oxygen:

    CAWKED INVESTOR IS HAPPILY TALKING CAWKED – easy for him since his rant does NOT include his (or any other’s) statutory or common law definition of “money laundering” with his limited examples.

    CAWKED INVESTOR IS DUMBFARKED about accounting and finance. Tested him on reserve accounting in oil and gas industry, he FLED into vaporisation confessing he went to his neighbor to seek accounting finance.

    CAWKED INVESTOR in this monologue or rather facile fart IS SILENT whether his so-called “money laundering” INCLUDES OR EXCLUDES transfer pricing of tax avoidance (or such approximation without admitting liability in the case of BHP). It is like the vague definition of corruption – which may or may not includes corrupt conduct (sometimes might be euphemistically called “conflict of interests).

    Here is what I stumbled upon on the net. This is from Straits Times quoting Reuters & Agence-France Presse – no fake news and unchallenged from officialdom.

    BHP paying $530m to settle Australian tax dispute

    https://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/bhp-paying-530m-to-settle-australian-tax-dispute

    BHP really paid the Australian Taxation Office A$530 million without admitting guilt of any wrong.

    And here is another mining house, Rio Tinto, negotiating a tax settlement with the Australian Taxation Office.

    Rio Tinto to fight $447 million Australian tax bill.

    http://www.mining.com/rio-tinto-to-fight-447-million-australian-tax-bill/

    Again, this is real event happening in Down Under. No fake news.

    And Singapore has no mining industry.

    IS CAWKED INVESTOR BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE???

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  • CI means Counter-Intelligence:

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    The Other Hard Truths:
    IMHO, Cynical Investor is a PAP mole.

    I have realised that CI was/is a PAP mole, infiltrated into TRE long ago, since he started writing comments here (before TRE allowed him to publish his articles here).

    However, for the rest of TRE readers/visitors, it is not too late to take note.

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  • oxygen:

    DOES CAWKED INVESTOR NOT HEARD YET OF THIS OTHER KIND of “money laundering” that could also be festering in LEE-jiapore – through Chinese property development route in the host country?

    https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/real-estate/developers-now-have-to-screen-buyers-to-prevent-money-laundering-under-new-bill

    It is happening big time in Sydney too …that is until the economic slow down in China shut down the corruption money flow tap. In that absence of “hot” money flow into Australia via “property purchase” of apartments “off-plan” (without seeing the property itself), the housing property bubbles in Sydney and Melbourne is falling apart.

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