"Clare's dogged (and to some, more that a little annoying) persistence and an incredible nose for the fishy stuff, uncovered the heist of the century. The explosive exposés rocked the nation, and precipitated the fall of the Malaysian government for the first time in 60 years."
Tony Pua, Member of Parliament for Damansara, Malaysia
Investigating the deforestation of Sarawak, Borneo, and the dispossession of its people, journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown followed a trail of corruption that led her to the heart of Malaysian politics and to Prime Minister Najib Razak himself. Determined that the public should know the truth, she started a blog, which became Malaysia's go-to news outlet for information that the government was trying to suppress – and whistleblowers wanted to get out. She was soon running a radio station too...
Full story in The Sarawak Report book to be launched on September 8, 2018
PAS Youth today demanded that Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown apologise to Sultanah Nur Zahirah of Terengganu for linking the sultanah to the setting up the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA).
Its information chief Hishamuddin Abdul Karim said contents in Rewcastle-Brown’s book on this were just another malicious propaganda against the institution of the Malay rulers and that it appeared as though there was some connection between the editor and certain parties.
“We support the call by Dewan Pangkuan Diraja Terengganu secretary for Clare to apologise to the Sultanah of Terengganu and correct the facts in her book. We also urge the Home Ministry to stop circulation of the book until the corrections are made,” he said in a statement here today.
Yesterday, Dewan Pangkuan Diraja Terengganu secretary had said that there was no truth to the contents in the book “The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose” that was launched in Sept 8 which linked the sultanah to the issue
PAS are making a loud protest over the mention in the book The Sarawak Report that JL had boasted that socialising with the Terengganu Royal family had assisted in him netting the role of advisor to the Terengganu Investment Authority before it was turned into 1MDB.
They assert it is an insult to suggest that the Sultanah was on the board or involved in the setting up of the TIA (which the book does not).
However, PAS ought to be careful what they say, since the SISTER of the Sultan was a director on the Board of TIA. If the Sultanah claims that it is wrong to suggest she was one of the Terengganu Royals friendly with Jho Low, then the sister of the sulltan clearly was associated since she was also on the board of Loh and Loh Corporation after it was absorbed by UBG which was by then half owned by Jho Low.
Moreover, it was Dato Aziz Akhir, the Tengku Rahimah’s husband who was the other official advisor, together with Jho Low, to the board of TIA. He had been involved for some time in business with Jho Low.
There is no question that The Sultan of Terengganu himself held an important position as Chairman of the advisory board of TIA and he was publicised as being the first person to suggest the setting up of the fund to the Menteri Besar of the state.
The Sarawak Report made no suggestion of any impropriety on the part of any of the Terengganu royal family, either for socialising and doing business with Jho Low at that time or for being extremely involved in TIA, which they were.
PAS, on the other hand, has now issued various statements suggesting they believe there would have been some impropriety for the royal family to have been involved. They ought to think before they denounce.
“In my opinion, it was irrelevant for her (Nurul Izzah Anwar) to link my appointment with what had happened then, unless the decision to appoint me as the peace process facilitator was objected by Thai authorities or the Mara Pattani group.
“So far, from the feedback I have received, there is nothing to indicate their objection. These two parties are the ones which have stakes in the peace process,” he [Rahim] told Malaysiakini.
Rahim, who was the IGP between 1994 and 1999, was responding to Nurul’s post on Twitter this morning, where she stated her objection to his appointment, and described him as a “brutal assaulter of an innocent man.”
She was referring to her father Anwar, who was assaulted in police custody following his sacking as deputy prime minister in 1998, which left him with the infamous black eye.
This ex-law enforcer seems to hold the opinion that he ought to be forgiven a violent and illegal act, which he appears to admit to in that rather than denying he punched a prisoner in the eye, he merely calls the matter “irrelevant”.
One must therefore ask if he held the same opinion about violent and illegal acts carried out by the various people whom he arrested throughout his career. Did he hold their acts to be likewise “irrelevant” and let them off as gladly as he is ready to do for himself?
Unfortunately, people who have obtained positions of power very often do become lulled into the concept that the law they are enforcing against others does not apply to themselves, merely because their position of trust and authority enables them to get away with far too much.
This ex-cop has failed to deny the accusation against him and has failed to apologise or accept any form of punishment or reprimand for his brutal abuse of power against a man in custody. So, we have to assume he was guilty and remains unpunished and unrepentant, which means that his appropriateness for the position of “peace negotiator” is highly questionable.
Both he and those who appointed him ought to reconsider the offer of this post, as there ought to be several others who are morally more appropriate, provide a better example and who would be just as able and qualified whatever he claims his experience might be.
The Sydney-based PR firm Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs issued a statement yesterday on behalf of Malaysian fugitive Jho Low.
The statement included the following passages:
“To reiterate: Mr Low will not submit to any jurisdiction where guilt has been predetermined by politics and self-interest overrules the legal process,” said the spokesperson.
“Today’s WSJ article was obviously planted there by the Mahathir regime, working with these reporters towards a common goal: The WSJ reporters have a book coming out next month that they are trying to sell, while Mahathir is intent on advancing his own corrupt political agenda by assigning guilt without any form of legal process.
Dear Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs,
I am presently extremely wealthy and have a lucrative job proposal, which I am sure you will be willing to perform with pugnatious glee once my off-shore accounts have funded yours.
What I need is someone to robustly denounce the fact that there is an international arrest warrant out against me, spearheaded by evil entities such as the United States, Switzerland and INTERPOL (luckily your home base Australia is keeping its head down on this one, as my ex-big boss can pull favours with members of your government, which is protecting the odd bank that I managed to compromise).
Outrageously, these and other global entities are accusing me of being an immense thief of Malaysian public money and have had the temerity to seize the billions of dollars of assets that I bought with that money (check: I AM now admitting these assets are mine, which I was not doing before).
You need to take on a haughty and disparaging air towards these cheeky authorities and their poxy allegations, which I am sure you will be happy to do for as long as I am safely under guard somewhere in China and paying you handsomely. Of course, you can say these immense riches were in fact gained by me during my 20s thanks to legitimate inheritance (check: I AM now saying that I inherited billions, which I was denying originally).
I have also made further billions through a series of swift financial transactions, which have nothing to do with that money trail provided by international banks to the FBI and DOJ leading from 1MDB to the purchase of my assets (check: I AM still NOT prepared to give details of these massive money spinning deals, which are my own business).
You will be happy, of course, at Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs to adopt a sneering tone on my behalf towards such entities as the recent democratically elected government of Malaysia, which campaigned on a reform agenda based on a return to the rule of law (undermined by me and my erstwhile boss the ex-PM). Accuse them of being a “regime with a corrupt agenda” where “politics and self-interest overrules the legal process” and of being in cahoots with the International Fake Media.
As for the International Fake News Media, I suggest you go to town on them. Accuse them of telling lies about me merely to sell their books! Easy, everyone will believe that as they contemplate the financial mess their pension funds are in, thanks to the removal of so much cash.
Nothing to do with me, of course.
Anyway, I am sure the highly credible Wells Haslem Mayhew will be happy to campaign on my behalf, denouncing all and sundry who are trying to bring me to book. Why should I, an innocent man, demean myself by agreeing to be brought before a court of law in my own country or anywhere else for that matter? Make this point clear please.
I quite rightly feel entitled to be my own judge in matters pertaining to me and it is simply pure cheek for all these various governments and international authorities to presume that I would deign to submit to charges or a trial on their terms as opposed to mine. You need to make that point quite clear to the nosey parkers of the media, stupid baffoons of the common public and various criminals in charge of law enforcement. Tell them all that since I am still extremely wealthy I look down on the lot of them.
Your firm can rest assured you will continue to receive top rates for your strategic invective against the world on my behalf. To suger matters further I can offer you some more simply super clients (since they are all very rich) including various fugitive Arabs I happen to know. I suspect you will be happy to gain these clients, as I do feel that others who consider themselves ‘respectable’ might tend to shy away from your services in future.
Thanks for everything and I look forward to some suitably spicy statments shortly.
[This is a spoof by the way. Ed]
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has said the millions of ringgit channelled from his bank accounts to BN parties in the past were not from 1MDB.
“This (matter) is subject to investigations. It cannot be said they are 1MDB funds, to begin with……
Asked if the funds would be returned should investigators establish that it originated from 1MDB, Najib reiterated that the funds were not from the firm.
“It was not from 1MDB because my conscience is clear. When we issued the cheques, we were clear that it didn’t come from 1MDB.
“I would not have issued the cheques if it came from 1MDB,” he said.
Najib has been proven a liar countless times. Later he has proven happy to admit he lied then to demand you believe his new lie (see changing stories over RM2.6bn and Jho Low’s involvement).
It is therefore plain that it is not that his conscience is clear, but that he is clear of a conscience.
This is a characteristic of criminals, who find the lack of a conscience to be extremely convenient for the daily progress of their work, which by necessity involves copious lying and deception against others.
Lying is also addictive, which means that even when the liar has been exposed to a knowing world, they find it extremely hard to stop taking the easy way out and will continue with their laughable and conflicting untruths, usually until someone locks them up and tells them to reflect.
Five days before the May 9 general election, the Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department, which is touted to be an intelligence unit, had penned a letter to then-CIA director designate Gina Haspel….
the letter appealed for US support for Najib’s administration “even if we win the election by a simple majority or just one seat.”….
The letter states: “I hope Your Excellency’s esteemed service would be able to report to the secretary of state on the complexity of managing this election by Prime Minister Najib and the need to have US support for the present government even if we are to win the election by a simple majority or just one seat.
“Any indication that the US government would continue to support Prime Minister Najib and his government would definitely strengthen our stability and enhance the existing cordial relationship driven by the strong rapport between our two leaders.”…
The letter also mentioned Malaysiakini and Sar
Najib and his creatures simply failed to understand how their disgusting behaviour provoked people to stand up to them. Sarawak Report is independent and lots of people have contributed relatively small sums of cash to keep the show on the road. Period.
No political party can claim to be democratic if it fails to understand the basic principles of freedom of speech and freedom of association in terms of the press and private and public opinion. To Najib and his cohorts the role of the press was soley to act as a paid cheerleader for one political interest or another, whatever the public interest appeared to be.
Sarawak Report and others are not ‘tools of the opposition’ they are critics of corruption and crime. It was for this reason that Sarawak Report criticised Najib over criminal and corrupt practices. Nothing more and nothing less. The majority 99% of people can understand this perfectly, only Malaysia’s corrupt elite, used to getting their own way and manipulating the truth through abuse of powers can’t seem to get it.
Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun has refuted an article in the Sarawak Report which implied that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had sponsored the attendance of Asia’s top cops at his daughter’s wedding.
The Inspector-General of Police said the report was inaccurate in many ways, including the part mentioning his wife, who passed away in December.
“When invitations were sent to my counterparts, it was understood that I would personally foot the bill.
“In fact, only my counterpart from Brunei attended the wedding,” he told The Star. The IGP stressed that he bore the expenses of the Brunei police chief himself.
Mohamad Fuzi said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is welcome to investigate the claims.
The IGP stated that our report was ‘inaccurate in many ways’ yet only referred to one minor typo suggesting the invitation came from Fuzi and his wife, rather than just Fuzi himself.
He did not identify any substantive inaccuracy in the article, for example regarding the authenticity of the invitation or the fact that it had been sent out to a number of ASEAN chiefs of police in name of the Royal Malaysia Police and was worded “we will provide business class return flight tickets and one night accommodation..”
Indeed, by stating that sadly his wife had by then passed, Fuzi has confirmed the “we” in that invitation could not possibly have referred to himself and his wife. Sarawak Report was asking for clarification as to whether or not it referred to the Royal Malaysia Police in whose name the invitation was extended?
Fuzi has now stated this was not the case and it appears therefore that the “we” was of the nature of a ‘Royal We’, which he perhaps believes is appropriate to his status.
He will, doubtless, be presenting the receipts for the flights, which he has now clarified he paid for, and perhaps will also explain why such invitations to a private event were sent out by the Royal Malaysia Police?
Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, the son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was spotted with a Taiwanese actress in Taipei, Taiwan News reported.
The Taiwanese online portal said that Mohd Nazifuddin went out with Celia Chang after Najib was released on bail following his arrest on July 3 for his role in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
The report which quoted Apple Daily said Mohd Nazifuddin was seen dining at a steakhouse and having a massage at a top luxury shopping district near Taipei 101 on Thursday (July 5).
The couple apparently spent more than three hours at the steak restaurant eating and drinking red wine.
The report also said that the couple then chilled at a pub for two hours before heading to the Grand Hyatt Taipei hotel at 1am.
Malaysians are coming to a joint conclusion, which is that the Najib family and Jho Low’s affection for Taiwan is not limited to the actresses from that state.
It is time to examine the bank accounts used, for example, to buy red wine and massages, things which Daddy has made a big song and dance over disapproving of back home.
Meanwhile, one’s heart goes out to the buffoons who are chanting sympathy for this family, who in places less tolerant than new Malaysia could have expected far rougher treatment for their alleged crimes. What a slap in the face for them!
Whilst these wailing supporters are giving up treasured bangles to fuel Najib’s ‘legal fighting fund’, one can only note the continuing absence of a certain $29 million pink diamond and start to tot up the likely cost of the young Nazi’s cavorting in Taiwan.
The real point of interest is whether Nazi’s trip included visits to banks or lawyers’ offices, because no one really holds much credence for such pleadings of poverty or indeed the grand gestures of die-hard UMNO parasites, who have sponged off the nation for decades and hope even at this late hour to stir up enough fear and hatred to reverse the recent restoration of good governance.
Najib said he had accepted “moral responsibility” and that was why he renounced his position as Umno chairperson after BN lost federal power for the first time in over 60 years…
“Yes, our rivals made plenty of false promises but we, too, had our own weaknesses. While I accepted the moral responsibility for our loss by resigning, there were shortcomings at every level of the party.
“I took responsibility, but others stayed quiet. But it’s okay, they don’t have to resign from their posts. If everyone did that, where would the party be?
What those UMNO members at lower levels stayed quiet about was the fact that their bosses were plundering the nation on an epic scale.
Over coming weeks and months Malaysians are going to discover just how many billions these kleptocrats were grabbing and it is going to be an unholy, horrible revelation
However, instead of booting out Najib, Zahid and all the rest the folk of UMNO preferred to take the dedak: “I took the money to spend for us” is what Najib has famously been quoted as saying to a meeting of UMNO insiders. It ought to have prompted a call to the police, instead they kept silent.
For that they too must accept moral responsibility and ought, like Najib to resign their posts and face investigation. Because, to answer Najib’s question, the party is already at the end of its useful life, thanks to his behaviour and theirs.
Former premier Najib Abdul Razak said the valuation of the items, particularly jewellery, seized from residences linked to him are subjective and unrealistic…..
“So let us not get too excited about it. Let us look at the items, every single item, and we hope to have a chance to examine these items. And (then) we can come to a conclusion on the source of the items and get an explanation on the items seized by the police,” he told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview at the news portal’s office in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.
Najib said like any husband, he was not aware of the extent of his wife Rosmah Mansor’s collection of jewellery and other items….
“But what I do know is that over the years as head of the government, we have been gifted with a lot of items by foreign leaders as well as personal friends and I do know that under the law it is not illegal to receive gifts. These gifts were accumulated over decades,” he said.
“For example, (Prime Minister) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) admitted to receiving 40 horses from his friends and foreign leaders, and he openly uses a lot of corporate jets from his friends so it is not illegal to receive gifts,” he added.
In fact, there are strict rules governing gifts to ruling political figures, for obvious and very good reasons.
For a light hearted reminder of those reasons view the funny BBC episode of Yes Minister – The Moral Dimension, covering the antics of the UK spoof minister, Jim Hacker in an un-named Middle Eastern state.
It makes clear that the limit on a gift should be a paltry value of around RM250 (although Hacker’s aide turns a blind eye with disastrous result, thanks to an investigative journalist, who gets on the case).
Certainly, gifts of RM2.6 billion fall outside the limit. Likewise, the hoard of treasures accumulated by his appalling wife.
Najib may dismiss the matter as ‘trivial’, but unless he is still appointing judges, he is unlikely to find a sympathetic ear in court and would save everyone a lot of time, trouble and expense – quite apart from the continuing international embarrassment – by just pleading guilty and shutting up!