The opposition is blowing out of proportion the plight facing state fund 1MDB as a means to topple the government, Najib Razak today told an audience of hundreds of local and foreign investors.
“Although 1MDB certainly has a problem, some politicians have blown it up in their attempt to sabotage the company,” the prime minister said in his keynote address at the Invest Malaysia 2017 conference.
He said efforts to redress the situation were being carried out.
“Instead of running from the problem, we ordered an investigation of the company on a scale unprecedented in the history of our nation. Instead of spending money to cover it up – the method employed by a former leader – I instructed a rationalisation of the company….
1MDB has been investigated in several countries for alleged money laundering and embezzlement involving billions of dollars.
Back in 2015, when CEO Arul Kanda announced that instead of floating 1MDB, he and boss Najib had decided to ‘wind it up’, he claimed this was because the fund had ‘already successfully achieved all its objectives’.
If its objectives are agreed as having been to channel billions of dollars of public money into Najib’s pocket and that of his cronies, then that summation is correct.
On every other count the fund had been a devastating, debt-ridden failure, owing to those staggering thefts. Instead of euphemistically referring to “problems” Najib should refer to criminal misappropriations, were he honest.
But, 1MDB has shown Najib to be anything but honest and therefore the last person anyone would trust with their invesments.
He should stop wingeing about the opposition pointing out this fact. He has only himself to blame.
The opposition may have set its eyes on Johor in the next general election but Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not taking it lying down.
Attending a grand Hari Raya open house in Sembrong tonight, Najib was flanked by top Umno leaders including vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein, who is the constituency’s MP.
Najib’s purpose was clear as he declared: “We come here today to ensure that the land of Sembrong will remain firmly in the hands of BN”.
The prime minister then went on to say that he would “pay the bills” for the people of Sembrong, but requested that they also repay him.
“Today, coming here should have been free, there shouldn’t be a need to pay anything.
“But looks like Hishammuddin had sent me the bill even before I arrived here… I was cornered,” he said in jest.
Najib then announced the construction of 1,000 units of people’s public housing in two phases, 500 homes for second generation Felda settlers and the upgrading of Taman Sri Lambak police kiosk into a full-fledged police station.
“So, with three projects, I have paid the bill for this meeting with the people of Sembrong. I have fulfilled your wishes, now you’ll need to fulfil mine,” he said.
Najib subsequently asked what his wish may be, to which the audience at Taman Sri Lambak stadium responded that it was to win Sembrong.
So here he is at it again. People can look forward to a great deal more of the Grand Emperor Najib handing out ‘projects’ and pay outs between now and the next election and demanding that people vote for him in return.
This is not his money, it is what he is giving people back out of their money and a very great deal of it was secretly stolen from them at that.
The vast majority of the money he stole has gone on him, his greedy wife and his co-conspirators to splurge on properties, movies, yachts, grand master paintings, the most lavish wedding in Asia, jets – you name it.
These humble consituents, who have been robbed, are merely being promised a tiny bit of compensation in return for the loss of their chances to become a developed nation any time soon.
Najib is only too happy for them to stay poor and grateful for a bag of rice, so that he can rule, his wife wallow in diamonds and his sons pour the world’s most expensive champagne down their throats.
Make clear, Najib did not pay for these constituency parties, as he likes to claim. He has channelled public money into his personal accounts and now he is trying to bribe the real hosts with their own cash.
Again, who do people think is paying for those projects, Najib himself? The Prime Minister may trumpet a row of houses here or there, but people should consider what they could have had if Najib had not stolen some RM41 billion from them through 1MDB alone (which all needs to be paid back with heavy interest).
Over a hundred free hospitals could have been built and proper schools for the next generation. Think about that.
Najib will pump out his message of munificence through blanket propaganda on TV and the print media, then we will find out if he is right about Malaysians being stupid and his ability to cheat the election registers to ensure he triumphs.
But his dedak followers need to remember, Najib is a proven disaster in charge of Malaysia’s economy – as well as being a lousy thief, caught red handed in the act. If they let him he will take down the prosperity of the nation with him and the ringgit he bribed them with will soon plummet to the value of a Baht or even Rupiah, note for note.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad will find it difficult to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak even through the 14th General Election (GE14), said Umno supreme council member Shahidan Kassim.
He said this was obvious because Najib was the leader of the Barisan Nasional (BN) which has 132 seats in the Dewan Rakyat compared to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which has just one.
“To topple Najib through the general election… he has 132 seats and if you want to wrest all that, it is not easy.
“Dr Mahathir ‘s PPBM has only one… so it would be difficult for it to happen,” he said after launching Maran Umno’s Wanita Wing’s Delegates’ Conference in Maran today.
Shahidan, who is also a minister in the prime minister’s department, was commenting on media reports of Mahathir’s admission that he had planned to topple Najib since 2014.
Shahidan Kassim might like to consider some lessons in democracy, although it is granted that Malaysia is only a partial democracy, thanks to his party cheating the boundaries over 60 years of governance in its own favour.
He could start by considering this year’s election in France, where the charismatic Mr Macron started an entirely new party in the face of national disgust at the existing choices on offer …. and swept to take the Presidency.
Next Macron had to tackle the parliamentary elections, where his newly formed party had no existing seats at all. No matter, his new party again marched to victory and took the majority of seats, because the French were simply fed up with the entrenched contenders.
There is another older example in a tiny far off democracy that Shahidan might also like to consider. In the early 1980s in the island of Mauritius the ruling party, which had held power throughout the decades since independence, became embroiled in a corruption scandal.
The government ministers were complascent given their existing large majority, but when the election came their ruling party lost EVERY SINGLE SEAT!
Cheras Umno chief Syed Ali Alhabshee said whistleblower portal Sarawak Report should report the alleged RM7 million payment from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to the military’s intelligence chief instead of making accusations.
“If it is real then go and report and take action. The problem with them is that they make accusations without solid proof.
“If they have the evidence, report and take action. Why do they keep alleging this person got (money) and that person got (money),” he told journalist after officiating his division’s delegates meeting.
Syed Ali was asked to respond to Sarawak Report which had in recent weeks highlighted alleged transactions from Najib’s personal bank accounts, citing purportedly leaked investigation documents.
Amongst the alleged payments included RM7 million from the prime minister’s personal bank account to the “Ketua Pengarah Perisikan Pertahanan” (director-general of the Defence Staff Intelligence Division) on April 8, 2013.
The portal claimed that the intelligence chief was Abdul Hadi Hussin, who is still serving in the position.
If there was an elephant in the room taking a bath this UMNO big-wig would presumably demand ‘solid proof’ before taking action.
Thus the US Dept of Justice publishes the money trail, consolidated by a swathe of international banking institutions and Syed demands ‘solid proof”.
The MACC and Bank Negara and Auditor General and Public Accounts Committee and Attorney General (before being sacked) all have said there is a case that must be investigated, yet Syed says there is no proof to act on.
Next he laments that Sarawak Report has ‘not reported’ the leaks that everyone has been talking about for weeks, detailing payments which several recipients have subsequently admitted to and none have effectively denied.
But, of course we reported it. That’s why everyone (including him) is talking about it! It’s what journalists do. They report. We are called Sarawak REPORT.
Syed’s duty along with his governing colleagues is to now take the matter up, but he prefers to pretend he cannot see the elephant spraying water round the room.
The sad situation in Malaysia is that people like Syed are being given the time of day. The facade of normality and due process is being maintained by a crowd of nervous courtiers and embarrassed by-standers as the Emperor stands stark naked.
[Translated] Third parties or locals who betrayed the country giving Malaysia a bad name abroad or defected and liaised with the Department of Justice (DoJ) of the United States is punishable by death under the Penal Code.
Secretary of the Political, Security and International Council of Professors (MPN), Prof. Datuk Dr. Abdul Halim Sidek said this was because the indictment is like a fairy tale. The DoJ only obtained information from the parties that are not satisfied with the government.
He said the DoJ should refer to some credible sources such as the Malaysian Embassy in the United States, the Prime Minister or representatives of Malaysia abroad prior to submitting the claim.
” Action of the DoJ in attacking a sovereign, free and independent countr such as Malaysia has violated the protocol, as well as international laws and regulations can lead to confrontation between the two countries.
“The motive of this action is obvious to all, which is to humiliate Malaysia, prejudice in the community against the government because upcoming elections soon and the action can also undermine the confidence of foreign investors,” he said when contacted by Utusan Malaysia here today.
He is a lecturer in the Law School of Business Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to comment on the Attorney General, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali describes the action DoJ filed a civil suit most recent to seize US $ 540 million allegedly obtained from the fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is political nature.
What this ‘law professor’ (who incidentally has been given a nice job in a quango created by Najib called The National Professors’ Council) is saying is that in the ‘free and democratc’ state of Malaysia anyone who doesn’t worship Najib and vote for Najib should be put to death.
As Najib failed (even after vote buying and cheating) to even win the majority popular vote at the last election that is a lot of bloodshed.
This is clearly the sort of loyalty money can buy these days in KL and it shows what ostensibly educated people are willing to sacrifice to get it. They are willing to sacrifice their people and their country.
The legal eagle also is plainly willing to even square up Malaysia against the military might of the United States on behalf of his boss, ignoring the fact that the US is only exacting its own domestic laws, by confiscating dirty money and assets within in its legal territory.
Effectively, this law professor chap wants Malaysia to become a rogue state, like North Korea, so devoted is he to his thieving boss.
In his zeal he has none the less picked up on one key financial point, which is that all this defiance of international norms and objective law enforcement could be a wee bit damaging for business. Investors do tend to avoid crack-pot regimes.
The Prof is going to have to consider the consequences, according his own logic, therefore. Put simply, all those lovely ringgit that his boss Najib has given him will be worth zero if Malaysia takes up his talk about chopping off the heads of people who have more confidence in the DOJ than the usurper and self-proven liar AG Apandi Ali in Malaysia.
His entire annual salary won’t buy him a banana outside of what will have become a banana republic. What use of continuing to worship his paymaster then?
There is nothing wrong with MIC receiving funds from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also the chairperson of BN, said party treasurer-general S Vell Paari.
“All component parties receive money from BN, that is politics….. From the first prime minister, second prime minister, and even during the time of (former prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad, all (BN) parties receive money for programmes and things,” he told Malaysiakini.
He was responding to whistleblower site Sarawak Report, which claimed that MIC received about RM19 million between 2012 and 2014.
Vell Paari pointed out that the funds were given to MIC and not its leaders, while the money had been declared in the party’s annual report and audited.
“Indirectly, what she (Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown) has done, in her effort to discredit me and MIC, is to show how much the prime minister has helped MIC and the Indian community…..
“Of course when somebody helps you, you have to be grateful, isn’t it? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist (to figure this out).
“She (Rewcastle-Brown) says I am a staunch supporter of Najib. Of course, only supporters support their leaders. Do you expect enemies (to do so)?” he added.
Sarawak Report had also alleged that the prime minister gave RM650,000 to the wife of former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam following his serious illness. Quizzed on this, Vell Paari said Rewcastle-Brown should not pick on someone who is unwell.
“Stick to me. Why pick on a person who is not well?” he said. Vell Paari said Najib’s gesture showed that he is a kind-hearted person.
“This shows the humanity in our prime minister, to settle his (Subramaniam) medical bill,” he added.
Following the DOJ’s latest civil forfeiture suit, Vell Paari had described it as a political conspiracy of the opposition to topple a democratically-elected government.
Sarawak Report thanks Vell Paari for once again confirming that the documentation we have referred to in our reporting on Najib’s payments is entirely accurate.
This is the same documentation that shows lawyer Shafee Abdullah was paid RM9.5 million by Najib during his prosecution of opposition leader Anwar.
It doesn’t appear to worry Vell Paari that the money that Najib has so “kindly” handed out to him and his political cronies was in fact STOLEN from the Rakyat. Worse, it was stolen borrowed money, so the interest on that stolen money will also have to be found on top of the original needing to be repaid.
This doesn’t worry Vell, who is still tearful at the generosity of his benefactor with other people’s stolen money.
And why should the widow of his colleague not also receive a secret handout of over half a million, he opines? To hell with the widows of other people less fortunately connected!
Likewise, to hell with women dying in childbirth at record levels in places like Sarawak, because there is no money left over after all of the corruption in high places to pay for even basic health care. To hell with their struggling orphans.
As long as Najib’s cronies can still feed at the trough and drive around their comfortable quarters in air-con luxury motors, Vell Paari reckons the Rakyat are being well served.
Others may disagree.
Neither will his crony Shafee Abdullah be so grateful to Vell’s open gob. Because Shafee is about to appear in court to explain our evidence that Najib paid him RM9.5 million during Anwar’s trial. Vell has just made it a lot harder for Shafee to deny it!
The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) pursuit of 1MDB assets was part of a conspiracy to meddle in Malaysia’s affairs because the country had a Muslim-led government, said Umno information chief Annuar Musa.
“With the 14th general election to be called this August, September or October, they, or specifically the DOJ are collaborating with those seeking power to once again launch a preemptive strike to change the regime through a secret, careful and effective planning.
“They don’t need the truth, the burden of proof and need not follow the rule of law of the target country.
“It is sufficient to make a complaint, accusations, insinuation and create the perception of instability in the country,” he said in a statement.
He cited countries such as Iraq and Yemen as examples of US intervention.
As such, he urged Umno members to stand by their leaders and “double their efforts to combat slander, threats and psychological warfare in all forms and through all types of media”.
The question that many are asking is whether Malaysia IS being led by genuine Muslims at this time?
Surely, a bunch of thieves, who are unable to provide any sensible defence against damning criminal accusations, ought not be considered proper practising Muslims or worthy of any other faith?
To the contrary, Malaysia is full of pious Muslims, who have expressed themselves shocked at the criminal behaviour of this bunch of looters, now so loud to call themselves holy and to cosy up to PAS for protection.
These shocked Malay Muslims have moved to support the opposition alliance, now led by the former Muslim Prime Minister of twenty years – with all sides united in disgust at the irreligious behavoiur of the self-praising fellows around Najib who are insisting they are above the law.
As for Annuar’s ridiculous scare-mongering about bombing and the like – he should remember that the US has for decades been a friend to Malaysia and a country should take note of a caution from its allies, in circumstances such as the one his boss has dragged the country into, rather than rejecting it with brainless talk of plots, conspiracies, invasions and the like.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar pointed out that Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan was his acquaintance as well at one point…..Khalid said this in response to his earlier admission of knowing the main suspect detained in connection with a police protection racket in Malacca.
He was commenting on a Sarawak Report article which claimed that the suspect K Gopinathan was in direct telephone contact with Khalid.
The police chief went on to explain that when he attended meetings or functions, he meets numerous people, some of whom express interest in wanting to help the police fight crime.
“So we exchange numbers and keep in touch. In some cases, these people have an ulterior motive and misuse my name for personal gratification.
“As and unless, it can be proven that I had benefited, be it in the form of money or otherwise, from the illegal activities perpetrated by these individuals, then there is nothing left to say.
“Yes, there is the issue of perception. But perception is not tantamount to guilt. Let’s see if the investigators can pin anything on me,” he added.
IGP Khalid must resemble Donald Trump to work for – and not only because he thinks he is an autocrat.
It is because the IGP can always be relied upon to open his mouth and not necessesarily in his own favour. At a press conference last week the IGP acknowledged that the alleged police protection racketeer known as Gopi was his “family friend”. Not only he, but his son and his brother in law had received calls from Gopi in recent weeks (several in the case of his son).
Also to receive several calls were a number of the IGP’s most senior vice squad colleagues, as Sarawak Report detailed in a subsequent article.
Now, the IGP is changing his story. It seems Gopi may have just been someone he met at a party and handed his number to! A passing acquaintance… he can’t quite remember.
“Let’s see if they can pin anything on me” the IGP concluded, using the classic words of a gangster instead of a cop!
Any lawyers out there who fancy the chance to represent this garralous chap?
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has reiterated his call to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown for her to come to Malaysia to assist the police in investigating the whistleblower site’s claim that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak paid lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 million.
Khalid, however, said that Rewcastle-Brown will not be guaranteed a safe passage in her arrival and return back to London, England.
“I will not guarantee her a safe passage. If she wants to come, she comes and proves whatever accusations that she made.
“If not she will keep on making all sorts of noise, allegations which are baseless,” Khalid told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
The top cop was earlier asked whether Shafee had been called in by the police in relation to police reports lodged against him in the purported RM9.5 million payment.
However, Khalid said that the reports received thus far were “hearsay” based on Sarawak Report.
“I’ve already said that if you (Rewcastle-Brown) want to prove all your allegations, come forward and produce whatever documents you have to show whatever your accusations are correct.
“If not, it remains hearsay,” he added
Sarawak Report would like to thank the IGP for his generous invitation to visit him in Malaysia, in order to pass information.
However, we do note his refusal to offer ‘safe passage’, which we have to admit provides a slight deterrent.
After all, whilst he claims the information we have provided on corrupt payments to UMNO, prosecutor Shafee and others is “hearsay”, he has at the same conference admitted that our story about his family friendship with a protection racket gangster was correct.
London is by and large a safe and comfortable place, where police chiefs tend to avoid socialising with gangsters and officers refrain from beating up detainees in jail (there are rather a lot of stories about deaths in custody emanating from Malaysia).
So, since the IGP is the man who can provide safe passage and is now openly refusing to do so, we fear that we are going to have to decline his doubtless well-intentioned and gracious offer.
However, we are happy to provide this Bukit Aman sleuth with some tips regarding the matters he is interested in. To verify the information we have provided, he needs only to persuade his colleague the Attorney General to fulfil his constitutional duty and re-open the task force files on 1MDB. There before him he will see all the material that we have been quoting from, which is why anyone who knows anything about the case has been hiding under a stone ever since the material started coming out.
The opposition’s reliance on foreign media reports to bring down the country’s leaders is seen as a threat that could undermine the country’s democratic system, says Umno supreme council member Mahdzir Khalid.
He described the opposition’s move of using foreign media reports to bring down Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as unfair. Mahdzir said this when asked to comment on the action of former Sarawak Tribune editor, Lester Melanyi (photo, below), confessing that reports by Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown on Najib all this while were nothing but lies.
“The problem in Malaysia is when there are those who take news conveyed in perspective without knowing its truth and authenticity, this makes it easier for the foreign media to continue to report lies for the purpose of inciting the people. “The opposition also conveniently takes these foreign media reports to be made into issues to fight the country’s leaders.
By right, we have to first verify whether the information is correct, otherwise, this is what happens,” he told reporters…… “Maybe, after this, many more details will emerge to prove that the allegations against Najib are untrue, However, I’m sure people will always support the country’s leaders as they realise that all these are all lies,” Mahdzir said.
Last Saturday, Melanyi told a press conference that Rewcastle-Brown’s accusation against Najib of paying RM9.5 million to lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was not true, and that the report was written out of personal motive. Melanyi then requested he be given a few weeks to submit evidence on the matter.
It took Sarawak Report less than 24 hours to debunk Kuching’s sozzled drunk, Lester Melanyi’s garbled ravings last time he stuck his head above the parapet. We proved he was an entertaining liar and that his ‘sources’ were rubbish.
He clearly needs another handout and has therefore been prepared to conduct another of his ‘press conferences’. Lester we forgive you.
Our reporting, to the contrary, is backed by the sort of evidence that UMNO’s bigwigs plainly do not wish to see discussed in court. Moreover, the details on the Shafee payment and others made by the Prime Minister were in the hands of many others, as UMNO bosses are well aware, before we received and published it. The Wall Street Journal and ABC Australia published many of the details from these documents early last year.
So, we have our witnesses and a string of sources. If we did not, the whole of UMNO would have charged to court months ago eager to prove us and others to be lying. In fact, why even bother go to court when you can publish the truth and unmask the liar, like we did when we dispensed with Lester within 24 hours back in 2015?
Rest assured, if Shafee had NOT been paid RM9.5 million we would have heard by now and been shown the proof.
So, Melanyi’s press conference and the reliance of this UMNO spokesman on such an embarrassing character is clear evidence they have a very big problem. It shows the only ‘witness’ they have been able to bring to their defence over the PM’s corrupt payments is Ludicrous Lester, who has spent the last 5 years sloping round the bars and tea houses of Kuching and hardly knows his right hand from his left foot.
You bet he has asked for a ‘few weeks’ (read several months/forever) to produce the evidence to back up his latest rambling allegations. He will have taken the payment for the press conference in advance however.