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We Know The Truth Already About Malaysia's 'Bonnie & Clyde'!

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reiterated his call for the people not to speculate on the US Department of Justice’s court filings related to 1MDB last week.

He said the government takes the department’s allegations seriously.

In the meantime, he added, people should not get carried away and allow due process to take its course.

“Sooner or later, we will know the truth. In the meantime, let’s not get too carried away in this matter.

“We should allow the process to proceed using the appropriate legal processes. That is the government’s stance, and we will give full cooperation,” he told some 1,000 would-be pilgrims at the Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque in Putrajaya this afternoon.

Our comment

Have some dignity man!

The process of law and order will take its course.  Meanwhile, a 136 page indictment by the DOJ has laid out in clearest detail exactly how $681 million was raised by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB at your behest and then two days later landed in your account.

They have the bank transfer details on each and every transaction, because naturally you chose to do the deal in dollars, which they control through their clearing systems.

You have admitted you received the money and have said it was from a Saudi Royal.  If you are now going to attempt to say that the US Attorney General and all her team are blatant liars then you are going to have to bring some evidence to compare with theirs….. like a name for that Royal!

So far, the best ‘evidence’ your own hand-picked AG has brought forward has been that the Saudi Royal family “have not commented” on your claims.  Wow! now that is cast iron proof that they kindly paid you billions of ringgit if one ever saw it… (sarcasm intended).

In these situations leaders have to resign, in order to let that justice take its course and to be seen to do so independently. You are clinging on to office.  Your step-son has run back to Malaysia from his Hollywood and London homes to hide under your skirts.

Your only way out of this is to start murdering and incarcerating your fellow citizens, which you seem willing to try, or to step down and take one of your many jumbo jets to a country willing to give haven to people who pay (remember to take Rosie’s diamonds – she bought them for this reason).

UMNO Mentality Laid Bare

President Barrack Obama has instructed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to receive the visit of prominent legal brain from Malaysia, Shafee Abdullah, who shall furnish all documents and evidence on the wealth of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s sons in the United States, according to sources.

The wealth of Mahathir’s sons are said to be worth in the range exceeding USD 5 billion.

This is said to be the retaliatory move by Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak on Mahathir.

Shafee is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday July 26 with five officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Dr Mahathir is desperately making attempts to stop the investigation of his sons assets worldwide.

Our comment

Najib Razak is blaming his political opponents for exposing his crimes, when in fact it was his own criminality and stupidity to blame.

Mahathir in fact only became his enemy after this criminality had become so excessive and blatant and obvious, before that he was his patron and his friend.

It was the whistleblowers and the journalists, like Sarawak Report, who first exposed Najib and who tipped off the Federal investigations.

But, Najib only sees things in the context of political scheming amongst the ‘all-powerful UMNO elite”. He doesn’t understand that giants can be brought down by mice.. ordinary people, especially when there are a lot of those mice and they have had enough.

So, he tries to play ‘tit for tat’, without realising how this damns him further. He is saying, why complain about my sins, when X and Y sinned also – classic crook mentality.

On the plus side, at least the widespread rumour throughout Malaysia that this trip is merely in fact a cover, so that Najib’s trusted, Mr Shafee, can offer $500 million more of Malaysia’s stolen money to Clinton’s campaign team (in return for dropping the case in 1MDB) can now be laid to rest…… can’t it?

 

Stupid Dahlan

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan maintained that Najib Abdul Razak was not subject to the 1MDB investigation as the probe did not in any way implicate the prime minister.

He said this in response to the United States Department of Justice action with regard to 1MDB, the government investment fund.

“If there are any guilty parties in this investigation, they should be penalised. The important thing is that in the released documents, the prime minister is not involved in the investigation.

“In fact, the prime minister’s name is not mentioned at all,” he told a press conference during his inaugural visit to the offices of Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju), Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) and Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd in Petaling Jaya today.

Our comment

This is a man who plainly never passed any exam in his life.

Poor thing is so supremely thick he is unable to get his head round the staggeringly obvious and plentiful references to Prime Minister (Najib) as Malaysian Official 1.

The US DOJ officials plainly did not realise quite how stupid the likes of Dahlan are – they did not realise that if you are dealing with Najib’s Cabinet members you need to speak to them as if they were two years old.

That is the reason their dirty boss employed them in the first place

Treason Versus Slander

Multimedia and Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak has issued a warning against the leaks in government information spotlighted by Sarawak Report’srevelations on the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB.

“It is alarming that not only have confidential information been sold but that some of it have been altered or doctored in the effort to sensationalise the issue,” claimed Salleh in a statement on his blog last night.

“The main question would be what else and even more damaging information have also been sold that we are not aware of.

“And this puts the security of the nation at risk and this is nothing short of an act of treason,” he said.

He said this lent credence to rumours of an alleged entity called the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ (ANC), purportedly armed with “RM2 billion funding” to attack Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak….

 

Critics have urged the government to declassify the report in light of the Sarawak Report leaks.

Salleh said claims regarding the purported ANC and its “RM600 million set aside to finance the media and online war” have never been denied.

“The 20-month onslaught against Prime Minister Najib Razak using both foreign plus local blogs and news agencies to play up the 1MDB issue as the catalyst to try to oust Najib without a doubt costs a lot of money,” he said.

Our comment

Sarawak Report has no idea if there is an “Anti-Najib Campaign”, as described by Mr Salleh, since he doesn’t appear to understand the point of bringing evidence to substantiate his various claims.

However, we can confirm that we are not part of such a group, have no knowledge of any money, have received no money and have paid nothing for this information.

He has once again slandered us by saying so. And by alleging that no one would ever do the decent thing, except in return for money, he reflects only on the type of person that he plainly is himself.

Mr Salleh has ludicrously attempted meanwhile to have his cake and eat it, by acknowledging there has been a leak of genuine information, while claiming it has been “doctored”!

Perhaps he might care to provide examples of this “doctoring” and also explain why Sarawak Report would bother to doctor a leaked document, which was evidently so damaging anyway that his boss had to make an Official Secret out of it, just days after the Auditor General himself had promised it would be shortly published in accordance with the law?

Sarawak Report Inaccurate?

Police and the Auditor-General will verify the authenticity of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) report published by Sarawak Report before taking action, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Khalid said a discussion would be held with the AG to ensure the authenticity of the documents as per the AG report which was classified as an official secret document.

“We are not sure if the documents published by Sarawak Report is truly the auditor-general’s report or had been altered before being published.

“If the documents are the real ones that have been classified as secret, we will investigate under the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Sri Satria, here today.

Khalid said Sarawak Report’s legitimacy remains in doubt since the portal had published inaccurate statements a number of times.

Our comment

Sarawak Report would be grateful if the Chief of Police could elaborate on this allegation that we have published inaccurate statements a number of times.

Were we, for example, inaccurate when we revealed that his daughter and brother in law set up a company selling guns which only he can licence?  And was our recent story about a five star jamboree by his senior officers in Italy on a training exercise, wives in tow, incorrect?

Is it not the fact that we have been relentlessly proven correct in every important aspect of our coverage that Malaysians appear to set more store by what we publish that the denials of a Prime Minister who dares not publish a public document?

Were the IGP to be genuinely seeking to enforce the law in this matter, he should begin by countering the unconstitutional actions of the Prime Minister in suppressing the Auditor’s Report, which according to the constitution ought to have been passed directly to the Agong and then to Parliament for publication.

 

National Security?

Sarawak Report (SR) should be investigated for threatening national security, a minister said today after the website disclosed what it claimed to be a classified Auditor-General’s report.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said  the whistleblower website’s claim, if true, would be a breach of the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).

“The recent declaration that Sarawak Report has in its possession of a document classified under OSA warrants investigation by the police.

“Such an investigation needs to be undertaken urgently and expeditiously to prevent further leakages of official secrets documents which may put the country in security jeopardy,” Salleh told Malay Mail Online when contacted today

Our comment

This Minister for Fun has acknowledged the report is real, which gets rid of one bit of nonsense at least – the allegation that we had “forged” it.

However, he ought not conflate ‘national security’ with the security of criminals on the run from the law.

There are plainly still good folk in Malaysia, who have not yet been murdered or sacked or put in prison, who have a clear enough sense of right and wrong that they have refused to accept blatant abuses of power.

One such blatant abuse was to slap an official secrets order on what ought to have been and was promised would be a public report by the Auditor General into what has gone wrong with 1MDB.

It is in the national interest for these facts to be widely known, in order to prevent future such debacles and ‘disappearances’ of billions of dollars of public money.

It is only in the interests of the criminals responsible to cover it up and make it secret.

Another Good Man Down

A senior leader of Malaysia’s ruling party quit on Monday, the latest among several party officials to leave or be sacked after criticizing Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-billion dollar financial scandal involving a state-owned fund.

Recent electoral wins and a gradual recovery in the economy have allowed Najib to sack more critics and reshuffle his cabinet, bringing in loyalists ahead of general polls that may be held as early as next year.

Shafie Apdal, who as a vice-president was the fifth-most senior leader of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO), resigned two weeks after two other senior leaders were sacked by the party over their criticism of Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

“Justice is not being done. There is no justice in the way UMNO is being run,” Shafie said on Monday at a rally in his home constituency of Semporna, a ruling party stronghold in the Borneo state of Sabah.

Our comment

The international press has noted this, yet another senior departure from UMNO, as will financial markets and all Malaysia watchers.

A leader must rule by consent in order to rule successfully.  Yet, one after another, the brightest stars, who once supported Najib, have resigned or protested and been sacked.

The ones who remain are tarnished themselves or jumped up opportunists, promoted beyond their dreams.

The Lord and Lady Macbeth of Malaysia may seek to say that this is all represents a consolidation of their power, but with every departure of respected courtiers comes a growing unease.

The other Shakespearian analogy presently wafting around KL is that there is something rotten in the State of Malaysia: a whiff of corruption, murder and madness is in the air.

Everybody knows it and it cannot end well.

He Knows How It's Done!

Buoyed by BN twin victories in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is now setting his eyes on recapturing Selangor from Pakatan Harapan.

A jubilant Najib said this to some 250 supporters gathered at the Umno Sungai Besar headquarters to celebrate the victory of BN’s candidate Budiman Mohd Zohdi.

“With this victory in Sungai Besar, it can be our starting point for a renewed vibrant spirit.

“The spirit for us to attack! For us to recapture Selangor,” he declared to cheers from the crowd.

Our comment

Jail the opposition leader and use your excessive powers and money to swing the margins.

Encourage divisive religious extremism and racial disharmony.

Abuse your total control of the media and exploit hopelessness.  Gosh, and you win a few hundred more votes than the combined opposition you have succeeded in dividing.

Then pat yourself on the back for a fair election win and laugh that now you are the Idi Amin of Malaysia!

Najib should call that General Election now… before the full details of his thefts officially come out and even the greediest British businessmen will have to admit the proof is staring them down.

It Could Be You, Najib!

Malaysia’s Senate should reject the government’s proposed legal changes that would undermine the rights of criminal suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Amendments to the country’s Code of Criminal Procedure passed the lower house of parliament on May 19, 2016, and will be debated by the Senate in the session starting on June 13.

The proposed amendments are being made at a time when the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak has intensified its crackdown on criticism by civil society activists, Human Rights Watch said. The code changes would limit the discretion of judges to impose more lenient sentences, allow for previously inadmissible testimony by unidentified witnesses and written testimony, and allow the denial of bail for a broader range of political and other offences.

“The proposed amendments are part of a troubling trend of the Malaysian government undermining the right to a fair trial during periods of political turmoil,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. “The Senate should reject amendments that undermine the rights of the accused or judges’ authority to protect rights.”

Our comment

Najib, who gloried in portraying himself as a progressive reformer when he came into office, has spent the last year attempting to strip away everyone else’s basic rights in Malaysia, in order to protect himself from his own criminal actions.

As a political leader he has shown not one shred of concern for his duties towards those who placed their trust in him: perhaps because he knows they didn’t; the opposition won most of the votes at the last election, despite his massive cheating and bribery.

Najib is cementing a dictatorship, where protection of the individual against arbitrary action by those who have grasped the levers of authority is being swept away.  Civilised societies have learnt to value such protections and to evolve basic individual rights, not least because none of us can be confident that one day it might not be ourselves or a loved one, who unexpectedly falls foul of those in power.

Indeed, it might be Najib.  He has done enough wrong to find himself in very hot water some day. He might wish then that he had kept those basic rights in situ.

Bribe Minister

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak teases that he may donate to the Ma’muniah mosque in Sungai Besar after the polls.

This would be in addition to the RM500,000 Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has pledged for the mosque. “If you want to add some more, come see me after the elections,” Najib says in his speech after a breaking fast.

Our comment

Malaysians have become wearily used to Najib Razak’s blatant public vote buying.

So, foreign businessmen and their political clients ought to stop pretending he is not a proven crook. He condemns himself through his own mouth, quite apart from the proof of his bank balances, which he also cannot deny.

What ought to concern the voters most is where next does Najib plan to plunder, in order to make these dirty pay-offs, now that so many of his foreign bank accounts have been frozen?