MMM in search for winning formula: Back to 1976?

The MMM is still struggling to find a winning formula to face the next General Elections, alone.

It is now re-looking at the 1976 attempt to take power, working on a formula that can possibly give it an edge.

In 1976, the MMM had Sir Aneerood Jugnauth as President and Paul Raymond Berenger as the Secretary-General.

The MMM did fairly well winning the elections. But it was outplayed by a sudden post-election alliance between the Labour Party and the PMSD.

This time around, the MMM thinks it might just repeat the same performance.

Strong currents within the party and outside the party are suggesting that the MMM should catapult firebrand and long-time MMM figure Madan Dulloo as its president.

The post of the Sec-Gen should then go to Paul Berenger.

In this scenario, the MMM can have a solid fighting chance.

It might just be able to repeat the unexpected, given that the MMM is said to be weaker than ever at this moment.

Dulloo is still a force to reckon with in the villages. t

With the current state of affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dulloo can make a comeback.

The current government is abandoning the group of small planters.

This group forms a large political potential for any political party that has the right man and the right policies.

This is where Dulloo is expected to play an important role for the MMM.

Dulloo won an honest 10th place in the CC’s elections, which saw Berenger clinching the top post.

It also saw Berenger’s daughter landing a top 5 position. She is expected to be given a chance to join the Political Bureau of the MMM soon.

However, it is Dulloo’s induction within the BP that will be the event to follow.

Dulloo was instrumental in the transformation of the agricultural sector in Mauritius. He was eventually revoked by Sir Aneerood Jugnauth after he refused to sign off on a deal.

This month will see a repeat of this deal at St Antoine, in the north of the country. 

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Passport investment scheme to facilitate Lebanese investors?

A Lebanese group said to have set its eyes on a massive piece of fertile land in the North of the country could benefit largely from the new ‘Transformative Journey’ of Mauritius.

The Prime Minister cum Minister of Finance said in his Budget 2018-2019 speech the Transformative Journey will need some crucial adjustments. 

One of them is the opening up of the economy and country to the rest of the world.

“To this end, the Economic Development Board – EDB – will manage two schemes to attract High Net Worth individuals who satisfy defined criteria and after due diligence.

“The first scheme will offer foreigners the opportunity to obtain Mauritian citizenship provided they make a non-refundable contribution of USD 1 million to a Mauritius Sovereign Fund. For their spouse and dependents, they will have to make an additional contribution of USD 100,000 per member of the family,” he said.

There is also the second scheme.

“The second scheme will offer the opportunity to obtain a Mauritian passport provided they make a contribution of USD 500,000 to the Mauritius Sovereign Fund.

“For their spouse and dependents, they will have to make an additional contribution of USD 50,000 per passport. 109.

“The Mauritius Sovereign Fund will be managed by the Mauritius National Investment Authority. Any withdrawal from the Fund will be used to meet disbursements for new capital projects and public debt repayments.”

The two schemes have sparked a row in the country with citizens claiming their country is now for sale for cheap.

Others are stated that terrorists will now have access to Mauritius and become Mauritian citizens with the cheap purchase of the passport and citizenship.

Nevertheless, a rumour sparked by some sources today in Port Louis wanted the schemes to be within the reach of Saudi Arabian nationals.

Recent concerns of a former Minister’s ties with the Saudi’s and rumours that Saudi Arabia is a supporter of the Daesh (which is fallacious) were also part of the rumours.

However, it is the Lebanese group that is attempting to get its hands on the Saint Antoine property that is being facilitated in the process.

The rumours are out there to confuse the people while the business group lay down its strategy to acquire the local nationality in the guise of their contribution to the so-called ‘Sovereign Fund.’

Mini cabinet reshuffle after Budget?

At least one Minister found himself in trouble with the ruling class in Port Louis recently.

And because of that, a mini cabinet reshuffle is expected after the Budget presentation.

This could be the case for a Minister who had apparently caused trouble over the St Antoine-Lebanese deal.

WFTV reported a few days ago that a massive and deal was playing out and it involved 5 Ministers and a Lebanese group.

it appears the said Minister has refused to sign on the deal.

Reason given: the land is fertile land and should not be turned into commercial or property assets.

As such, the said Minister opposed the deal.

As a consequence, the Minister might get another portfolio that has nothing to do with land development and so on.

At this moment, we are still in the dark over which Lebanese group is involved in the deal.

Nevertheless, the situation is reminiscent of the 1994 political crisis where Madan Dulloo was fired for refusing to agree on another St Antoine deal.

The reason he gave was that the land was one of the most fertile in the country.

His resistance got him ousted as Minister of Agriculture.

Five ministers and a Lebanese group in a land deal?

Five ministers – including two top Ministers – are allegedly involved in a land deal that is to be signed soon.

The deal is worth Rupees 4 billion (milliards in Mauritius).

The land will be sold to a Lebanese group, we are told. It is said to be of a 350 arpents wide land.

The Ministers and the Lebanese group are said to be in talks in a land deal in the North of the Island.

“It is at Saint-Antoine, and the land deal will be signed pretty soon,” said a source to WFTV.

However, we cannot confirm whether the ministers are the signatories of the deal.

The people close to the deal said they have seen a damaging document sent to New Delhi.

The land deal is part of the segments discussed in the document, they said.

“That document contains other aspects of corrupt practices in Mauritius. It was handed over to the Indian External Affairs Minister during her visit to Mauritius,” WFTV was told.

Who are the Ministers and who is the person who handed over the document to the Indian Minister Sushma Swaraj?

We have the names of all those involved and we are waiting for the name of the Lebanese firm before we disclose more information on this affair.

Last week WFTV disclosed that the visit of Sushma Swaraj to Mauritius was about the internal affairs of the country.

From New Delhi, we are told the Indian Minister came to assure PM Pravind Jugnauth of India’s support.

However, she was barred from participating in any ‘politically motivated activities’ this time around.

The Indian government did not want to be seen dictating the ‘newbie’ Mauritian PM on his internal policies.

Particularly when the country was having a tough time with the pro-Lgbt assembly in Port Louis.

India did not want to be seen supporting the government of Mauritius on the Lgbt issue.

Why hasn’t Mauritius deported Verner? Police inaction decried!

Video of a press conference by a Muslim group explaining what really led to last Saturday’s rally and giving main points on what the group of Mosques feels about the threat of Lght in the country (In French)

Mauritius is still reeling from the aftermath of the Lgbt event that caused much tension in some quarters of the country.

But many questions are still unanswered: Why has the police forbidden itself from interrogating the Lgbt chief, one Pauline Verner?

Verner is a foreigner who claimed last Saturday was about potential murderers with weapons threatening her and her group of softies.

It was a blatant lie. Under Mauritius laws, one cannot lie just to promote one’s agenda. But the police steered itself away from interrogating her on her lies.

Instead, the police interrogated Muslims who they thought were disturbing the peace.

The other hot issue is why did the police not deport the trouble-maker Verner? Instead, they are giving her full ears and are taking action against those she is laying about!

Report to immigration!

The point is no one went to the immigration to declare her a threat to the nation’s peace. Everyone is too busy with their own thinking and stories about the events.

The right step to get her kicked out of the country is to go to the immigration department and to make a report on her lies and illicit activities.

If the immigration agents are also in the duping game, then it will be made clear by their inaction against Verner.

That is the reason why she is still in the country and who knows how long is her staying visa?

Readers Letter

WFTV received messages from readers. Some are veiled threats by the Lgbt group.

We feel this one is worth mentioning:

“If the protestors are guilty of holding an illegal protest and of incitement, then what about the whole ‘collectif‘ rabble?” said a reader. (The collectif here is the CAEC).

The reader went on saying, they (Foreign Lgbt group) are calling for something which is illegal in Mauritius.

The letter also insisted that ‘they are directed by foreign agitators who are disturbing the social fabric of Mauritius.’

Making spurious claims of death threats being made against them (why doesn’t Verner scurry back to the safety of France then?).

Deport Verner!

Tainting the image of Mauritius in front of the international community; Verner has ‘complained’ to the EU and ambassadors of the US & France!

Why hasn’t Mauritius deported Verner? asked the writer of the email.

Her presence in Mauritius is not conducive to the public good, nor the security of the island

The Mauritian government has lost control of the situation, assuming of course that it ever had authority in the first place!

It also asked how can a foreign person meddle in the social life and the political fabric of our country?

“She is troubling social peace and harmony. According to the L’Express daily, some Embassies have asked the authorities why they did not proceed with arrests of the ‘demonstrators’ of last Saturday.

“If such information is true (the reader showing mistrust in L’Express for good reasons), it is a serious matter since they are interfering in the affairs of a sovereign and independent nation.

“Finally, it is Verner who brought her privacy to the public place and wanted to provoke a public debate. We are free to express opinions and this issue. However, what she debauchery she indulges in her bed is not of any interest to us,” said the letter.

A sizzling plot for the Parliament to enact pro-Lgbt laws!

It is a sizzling plot that has now been unearthed after the Lgbt march was cancelled last week in Port Louis.

Among the major actors of the plot are the Lgbt leaders, high officials in Mauritius, a couple of Foreign Embassies and the not so rowdy Muslim crowd at Places d’Armes.

And they benefited from the free run in the local media that is pressing so hard to get the ‘Muslim’ leaders of the rally to go behind bars.

The plot was exposed yesterday after the police summoned what they call the leader of the Muslim demonstrators, one Javed Meetoo, for questioning.

Meetoo is a well-known figure in the police and secret services in Mauritius.

He was the star of a scathing article on how Mauritius was turning into a ‘jihadi’ paradise last year.

Said to be the most dangerous man in Mauritius due to his pro-Islamic State rants, Meetoo also the most watched man in the country.

Five long days for the police to bring Meetoo in?

However, the police took five days to decide whether to interrogate him or not for his noisy participation in the anti-gay rally in Port Louis.

Meetoo was easily discernible at the rally, wearing an ISIS logo on a headband. 

While many Muslims dissociated themselves from Meetoo, he was indeed instrumental to get the rally going.

That is why he was the very first person of interest called by the police to give his statement.

However, the police did not find any reason to either arrest him or charge him with the crimes that the pro-Lgbt leadership accused the Muslim crowd of.

Rumours are the Lgbt chief Pauline Server a foreigner who is given far more protection by the local police – who are paid from public funds – than she deserves, 

WFTV learned that the police action on Thursday was only done after Server gave her own version of facts to the local police at the police HQ.

Hence, it was probably not a unilateral and independent police action, but one was taken after peer pressure from the Lgbt grouping. Or was it always within the sizzling plot to have police to take action but it backfired somehow?

If that has not uncovered the plot for the readers by now, then read on:

Back to Meetoo

With the accusations of a stack of weapons and intent to cause bodily harm by Verner were dismissed, the police decided to give him a tap on the wrist for an illegal assembly.

But the police did not tackle Verner for tarnishing the image of the country with her wild accusations of Mauritians trying to destabilise their own nation?

The police are certainly too lenient and biased towards the Lgbt organisation but it has a hidden agenda.

Walk with us on this situation. 

  1. Foreign Embassies supporting a foreign-based entity with foreign leaders to get a gay-pride parade to run in the streets of Port Louis
  2. Muslims are suddenly upset with a post on Facebook saying the Creator is Gay
  3. The post is not removed by the Facebook site admin
  4. But the Lgbt group leader denies having anything to do with it
  5. The police did not investigate the posting on the Facebook page – unusual indeed
  6. However, Meetoo is said to have pressed forward with the anti-gay rally

Who were to gain more with the anti-gay rally?

Only one group were to gain with the anti-gay rally. The Lgbt group indeed.

And the players in this affair played it so well that now the Mauritius government will definitely press forward with pro-Lgbt legislations.

The idea, we are told, is to pass legislation that will make it legal for the Lgbt groups to organise their marches and other activities on Mauritius soil.

Despite protests from Muslims and other anti-gay groups, the anti-gay rally on Saturday has boosted the support for the Lgbt group in the country.

The rally became rowdy at some point when pro-Lgbt bouncers and one of the Lgbt leaders deliberately confronted the Muslims at Place d’Armes.

This caused a raucous and the police were seen to be forced into ‘securing’ the pro-Lgbt personnel away from the ‘rowdy’ crowd chanting Allah O Akbar.

The plot was successful. The innocents got caught in the crosshairs of a sizzling plot to turn Mauritius into a pro-Lgbt nation.

The police are moving forward with its plans to interrogate more people soon, and the report will be tabled to the relevant Ministries.

Without the report of the threats against the Lgbt spokesperson and death threats, there will be no reason for the police to interrogate the Muslim actors.

From there, the politicians – who worked behind the scene to make use of the Muslim crowd to achieve the Lgbt goal – will act accordingly.

That is they will convey the Parliament to debate and vote on the pro-Lgbt laws, perhaps by the next session?

Sirul to be sent back to KL if Malaysia drops death sentence: Mahathir

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said today the hitman Sirul Azhar Umar will only be sent back if Putrajaya opts to drop his death sentence.

Sirul and a fellow bodyguard, Azila Hadri, were charged with the murder and sentenced to death in 2009 but Sirul has denied carrying out the killing.

Mahathir, who said he was not aware of The Guardian’s article on Sirul getting extradited to Malaysia, said Sirul is not coming back unless his death sentence is dropped.

“Australia will not send him back because he will be hanged if he comes here. But we might drop the death sentence to clear the way for him to be back to the country,” said the PM at a press conference.

Mahathir also said Sirul may not come back to Kuala Lumpur since he said he feared for his life.

The Australian authorities said Sirul will be extradited to Malaysia within a month time after they agreed to Malaysia’s request to have him back, the Guardian revealed.

Malaysian hitman who escaped to Australia only to find himself in jail in 2014 lost his plea against the extradition.

He flew to Australia while on bail during an appeal against his conviction in Kuala Lumpur. The return of ex-PM Najib Razak’s bodyguard indicates that the  Altantuya Shaariibuu case will be re-opened.

Last week former DPM Anwar Ibrahim made a plea to Australia for the return of Sirul.

He called for a new trial “that’s clearly transparent”.

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“You have to allow for due process to take place and Malaysian authorities may seek Australia’s cooperation just to make sure there’s a fair trial,” he said.

After Sirul escaped to Australia he was put on Interpol’s red alert and arrested in Queensland for overstaying his tourist visa.

He has been held in the Villawood detention centre in Sydney ever since but the decision to extradite him to Malaysia came after assurances by the new Malaysian government that Sirul will receive fair treatment.

Sirul has offered himself as a ‘witness’ in the case if it is re-opened. According to former Deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim, there will be a new trial.

The Guardian said a source revealed the Malaysian government has agreed to cover the cost of extradition.

It is believed Sirul will leave Australia within a month.

With Malaysia considering re-opening the case of Altantuya Shaariibuu’s death, the country will perhaps know the truth behind the grisly murder.

Altantuya had allegedly been the lover of Najib’s close confidant Abdul Razak Baginda, and had begun demanding money from Baginda for her role in a government deal to buy French submarines, where Baginda had allegedly been given multimillion-euro kickbacks.

In October 2006, the pregnant Altantuya was abducted in front of Baginda’s Kuala Lumpur home. There were witnesses, including a P. Balasubramaniam or PI Bala.

She was then taken to a forest in Subang where she was shot twice with a semi-automatic weapon and her body was blown up with military-grade explosives.

Sirul and a fellow bodyguard, Azila Hadri, were charged with the murder and sentenced to death in 2009 but Sirul has denied carrying out the killing.

Agaléga: Where Mauritius reneged its pledge to its own people

Agaléga is where Mauritius has simply abandoned its virtues: One of which is to look into the interest of its own people.

The country has simply placed money ahead to reneged its pledge to protect the three hundred people living on this small archipelago.

They are forced to watch while their home is turned slowly into an Indian naval base, and there is little they can do to stop it.

The Pravind Jugnauth regime will not budge. It is apparently doing that to please India.

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Anerood Jugnauth watched as Navtej Sarna (Ministry of External Affairs) and Sateeaved Seebaluck (Cabinet Secretary, Mauritius) signed an agreement that allows India to “develop infrastructure” on the islands, wrote the Hindu.

The phrase is a euphemism for the building of military bases, which India is doing not only on Agaléga but also on Assumption Island (Seychelles),” it said. Not so much the Seychelles Island though.

Since then, India has lost its clout over the Assumption Island. The Seychelles opposition 

And today, India suffered a major setback after the island nation of Seychelles denied New Delhi the permission to build a military base.

The President said the Assumption project will not move forward, nor will the Indian plan for a military base there be part of the agenda of talks between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He is visiting India around June 25-26.

The decision comes as India made a flurry of diplomatic moves.

This includes a quiet visit by foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, to Seychelles on May 14-15 to try and save the deal on the military base, said Asian Age.

The Seychelles government was forced to abandon the India deal after Opposition leader back peddled on an earlier accord.

The Asian Age said the mouthpiece of Seychelles’ ruling People’s Party (Parti Lepep) had hinted at sabotage by the Opposition party in a May 26 editorial.

“After indicating in India that he supported the project, Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan made a U-turn and said that the Seychelles-India agreement is ‘dead’,” said the government paper.

But Mauritius is not Seychelles. The government of Mauritius has hesitated. It does not want to offend India, which is slowly abandoning its Indian Ocean strategy.

The reason for India not to put much effort in the region is due to China’s push in the region.

India has simply lost the fight against China and being a small player in the Indian Ocean, New Delhi has no choice but to pull back.

However, Port Louis is not ready to let go of India’s plans for a military base on Agalega.

“The government of Mauritius knows that there is far more to be gained from India than from the people of Agaléga. Mauritius is one of the main routes for foreign direct investment (FDI) into India.

“It earns Mauritius a considerable fortune in fees — money that is enough for Mauritius to renege on its pledge to its own citizens,” wrote the Hindu in its June 4th online edition.

China has built significant relations across the Indian Ocean, from Gwadar (Pakistan) to Hambantota (Sri Lanka) to Kyaukpyu (Myanmar) and even in Mauritius where it occupies the Jin Fei.

“A rattled India wants to exert itself in the same region and has developed reciprocal agreements with Australia, France and the U.S. to take advantage of bases as far-flung as Cocos Islands (Australia) and La Réunion (France).”

True it is that Sir Aneerood Jugnauth left the office of the Prime Minister not long after he oversaw the deal over Agaléga.

Since then, he postulated himself as a fierce defender of the rights of Chagos, the islands that house Diego Garcia.

When Chagos was taken by the British, Jugnauth’s predecessor, Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, had essentially given up the island to win independence for Mauritius – The Hindu.

Mr. Jugnauth has done the same with Agaléga, forfeiting it to India, says the newspaper.

India, which championed the zone of peace concept at Lusaka, has now fallen into old colonial habits, it said.

“In a decade or so, the people of Agaléga will take their case, like the Chagosians, to the UN General Assembly. Like them, they will ask for their rights. India, like Great Britain, will then be in the dock.”

Muslim Pro, lifestye app, expands to Malaysia

The Muslim Pro lifestyle app has expanded its operations in Malaysia. 

With over 52 million downloads globally, Muslim Pro is used by Muslims in over 200 countries around the world.

The app offers features such as accurate prayer times, Qibla directions, various translations & recitals of the Quran, Halal restaurants & Mosques locator, Zakat Calculator and a host of other useful community & lifestyle features.

Last year, Affin Hwang Asset Management (AHAM) of Malaysia and CMIA Capital Partners (CMIA) of Singapore jointly acquired a controlling stake in Bitsmedia, the developer of the Muslim Pro App.

The founder, French national and former member of the Google team, Erwan Mace continues to hold a minority stake in the company.

CMIA & AHAM hope to leverage their deep ties both in Malaysia and South-East Asia to assist Muslim Pro to execute its regional expansion strategy, said a media statement.

Nik Emir Din was appointed as Country Manager for Muslim Pro Malaysia and has the responsibility to grow Muslim Pro’s brand and market presence in Malaysia.

“Muslim Pro is actively seeking a win-win partnership with corporates, institutions and government agencies that can leverage on the App’s strong local and global presence.

“There is a significant opportunity for Muslim Pro to play a leading role in the development of the Islamic Digital Economy, which has been built on the growing demands of the Muslim lifestyle,” said the media release.

The macroeconomic and demographic trends strongly favour continued growth in the medium and long term both in the region and globally.

“This is especially true in South East Asia where the number of Muslims is over 250 million coupled with the fact that roughly 90% of Southeast Asia’s internet users are smartphone users. Muslim Pro is actively looking for partners to help us capitalise on this attractive megatrend.” said Nik Emir.

India to pump cash: Pravind to knock down fuel-flour-oil prices?

The visit of the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Mauritius was about the internal affairs of the country.

That is what a source told WFTV today. “It was more about the upcoming budget and the support India will provide to the budget,” said the source.

From New Delhi, we are told the Indian Minister came to assure PM Pravind Jugnauth of India’s support.

However, she was barred from participating in any ‘politically motivated activities’ this time around.

The Indian government did not want to be seen dictating the ‘newbie’ Mauritian PM on his internal policies.

But that is what exactly spoke about.

New Delhi is promising additional funds to Pravind as the latter intends to take some extraordinary measures to calm the spirits in the country.

Most of the population is grumbling about the rising cost of living and one way to curb this situation is to bring down the prices of essential goods.

But the Mauritian economy is in such dire straits that any additional ‘subsidies’ would create a big hole in the national budget.

It would increase the debt ratio of the government to the GDP significantly, thus endangering the country’s economic performance.

However, India has promised those funds with strings attached.

We cannot reveal the conditions attached to this generous offer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

But what is certain though is the PM cannot afford to reduce the prices of these major items without additional cash in hand.

Cash that he does not have to spare.

This is where Swaraj came in handy.

Swarajwasen route to the meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers in South Africa when she landed in Mauritius.

It did not go without the scare of her plane going incommunicado with the Mauritian aviation authorities for 14 long minutes.

Swaraj will be back to Port Louis to oversee the preparations of the next 11th World Hindi Conference. The event is organized jointly by Government of India and the Government of Mauritius, and to be held in August.