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Sorry – For Lumping NZ Men In With Alleged Dirty Malaysian Diplomat

Alleged Cowardly Runaway Dirty Malaysian Diplomat

Alleged Cowardly Runaway Dirty Malaysian Diplomat

I watched Tania Billingsley’s interview on 3rd Degree on her experiences in dealing with an alleged cowardly runaway dirty Malaysian diplomat.

I don’t have any doubt that she is telling the truth about being sexually assaulted and while I think she never should have appeared on television until after the extradition has actually taken place (now more difficult of course) it was her choice.

But the entire piece reeks of a politically motivated woman focusing on making political points at New Zealand men in an anti-National tone (McCully and Key both named) to push an agenda.  I am pretty certain she will end up being named as a supporter of the political left of the spectrum.

As a woman I have complete sympathy for what happened to her in terms of the alleged assault, what happened to her was awful and the only positive was that it was an attempted assault not a “successful” one.  Likewise as a woman I do not support what she has said and the agenda she is pushing with her appearance on 3rd Degree.

Miss Billingsley perhaps needs to remember in all of this that a New Zealand born male did not even commit this alleged sexual assault on her.  

Every commentator on the issue and any New Zealand man you speak to wants the alleged cowardly runaway dirty Diplomat on the next plane.  No one in New Zealand is supporting him.  It is the wrong issue to push the barrow that “New Zealand has a rape culture”.   Read more »

MFAT Official May Have Stuffed Up

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Rapey Malaysian diplomat prefers his religious needs to take prescedence

The Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail facing charges for sexual assault wants his return to New Zealand to be deferred until after Ramadan.

I think his alleged victim would have preferred her attempted alleged rape to be deferred until … ever.

And how will him being transferred to New Zealand stop him from fasting?

What’s wrong with these people?  It’s OK to break in and assault a woman with intent to rape, but we have to delay our justice system because he has a need to observe his Religion of Peace?

However, it is understood the request will not be entertained with a Malaysian foreign affairs official saying the diplomatic corps warrant officer will be sent back “as soon as possible”.

A doctor at the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital, where Rizalman is being held for tests on his mental and emotional condition, said he would not be discharged until the medical examinations were complete.

“We are still waiting for the reports to the tests and then the doctors still need to write their report,” the doctor said.

“It would take more than a couple of days, so it’s highly unlikely Rizalman will go before the weekend.”

Man, is this going to be a distraction.  A circus, even.  As I said yesterday, thanks to Labour and the Greens turning this into our national sport, how is this guy going to find 12 peers that haven’t already convicted him?

And now our media has started making excuses for him   Read more »

Another day another lie from Phil Goff

Now that the SSC report from Paula Rebstock is out we can see Phil Goff’s lies over the leak exposed for all to see.

David Farrar points out the obvious:

Now X of course has name suppression which means that suspicion will fall not just on him, but all former Labour parliamentary staff.  If they find it hard to get jobs in departments or companies that require professionalism and confidentiality, then they should blame X for his name suppression which leaves the rest of them under a cloud of suspicion.

I can’t find the exact reference but I recall Phil Goff claiming the leaks were from affected MFAT diplomats. If Person x is the leaker (which is almost certain), then Phil Goff lied because I guess saying it is a leak from a former staff member who is a temporary clerk in the SSC doesn’t sound as good.

At the time of the leaks Goff says he was worried about the impact the cuts might have on our international reputation.

“I’m concerned these changes will damage our international reputation and restrict our ability to conduct trade negotiations in New Zealand’s best interests,” said Phil Goff.  Read more »

Labour snitch implicated but not named in MFaT leak

There are quite a lot of papers to read through of the now published report by Paula Rebstock into the MFaT leaks.

Phil Goff drip fed his leaks to parliament and to the media and the report doesn’t exactly cover him in any glory with reports of multiple, unauthorised phone calls to staffers, some after hours.

The key part though is the links to Labour for the leaks.

Report Unauthorised Disclosure Mfat Papers

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Is Person “A” connected?

The case of Person “A” is getting interesting:

The person known only as “A” in relation to a legal challenge to the Paula Rebstock-led inquiry into the unauthorised release of sensitive Cabinet documents came into contact with the documents in a clerical role, the Appeal Court has heard.

Heavy suppression orders previously barred media from even reporting the person’s gender but the court agreed today that reporting A’s duties would not jeopardise those orders.

It has also been reported since the original suppression order that A is male.   Read more »

Only Labour could complain about axing bureaucrats

Murray McCully is cutting the bloat out of MFaT:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has confirmed it is cutting around 300 staff as Finance Minister Bill English says it’s crunch time for the public sector.

MFAT’s chief executive John Allen this afternoon said it would be cutting 305 staff.

The news came as English said Kiwis were about to see the public service change.

English said the Government had last year told public sector chief executives to look at their own operations and ”tell us how they could be improved to deliver better services with little or no new money”.

”We gave them time to do that. We’re now at that point. That means we’ll see quite a change in how public services are delivered.”

Allen said 600 MFAT staff would have to reapply for their jobs in new specialist roles. The ministry has 1340 staff, half of which are offshore

He also confirmed changes to remuneration including offshore allowances. Staff would be asked to make a “nominal contribution” to their living costs overseas.

Only Labour could complain about axing bureaucrats:

Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesman Phil Goff said the MFAT’s cuts were disastrous at a time when New Zealand’s national interests were at risk from an unstable world.

Hmmm…I seem to remember a certain Prime Minister telling us we lived in a benign strategic environment. Has something changed. But the real question that needs to be asked of Phil Goff is “If not now then when would be a good time to cut staff?”