"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


Don't Throw Stones From Glass Houses

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said civil society organisations should not be concerned over police investigation over their funding if they have nothing to hide.

He also rubbished Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen’s claim that the probe on foreign funding recieved by NGOs is part of a “post-Umno annual general meeting witch-hunt”.

Several NGO leaders have been called for questioning as part of police investigations into Bersih for alleged funding from American billionaire George Soros-linked Open Society Foundations.

Nur Jazlan said the investigation on Bersih and its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah started before the Umno general assembly last week.

“The investigation was about the foreign funding, and now police are investigaing other NGOs for receiving foreign funds.

“The timing of the Bersih rally and Umno meeting were unfortunate – they happened during investigation period – but some people are politicising it,” he told Malaysiakini in text message.

“Have they got something to hide in the way they are funded? If not, why worry? The courts will decide in the end if there is any wrongdoing,” he said.

He reiterated the country subscribed to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”.

Our comment

UMNO appear not to care how ridiculous they look hurling accusations at others for things they themselves are plainly culpable.

It is UMNO who are hiding the identity of their donor, whom they claim is a “Sheikh”, but whom they refuse to name.

If NGOs must reveal the names of their donors, why not UMNO?

In UMNO’s case it is because the party is lying and the money is actually stolen from the Malaysian people and from pension funds and it has been spent not on good works pursuing democratic principles, but on handbags, bribes and anti-aging treatments.

Nur Jaslan knows this perfectly well and it is why he was booted ‘upstairs’ out of the Public Accounts Committee. Sadly, everyone is now wondering what was his price and why he now seems to care little for the future of his country by helping drag it down to a moronic dictatorship under Najib?

The likes of Nur Jaslan should take matters in hand and boot out the thief (and more) who accuses everyone else of his own crimes.

Street Protest By Najib Shows Hypocrisy All Round

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbours and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.

Najib said the rally at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur would send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government that “enough is enough”.

“UN please do something. The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place,” Najib said to loud cheers from thousands of Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. “The world cannot say it is not our problem. It is our problem,” he said

Our comment

Is this the same Prime Minister who last year turned away desperate boats of Rohingya refugees away from Malaysia’s shores, leaving them to drown in the rough seas?

Women and children, along with their husbands died.

At the time Sarawak Report questioned how any leader posing as a good Muslim could do such a thing to people persecuted purely for sharing the self-same faith?

But, Najib did do it. And now he tries to score PR points by weeping crocodile tears on their behalf and demanding other countries in the world take in these people, thereby saving him the bother of helping these neighbours of his own religion.

Why Such A Coward Zahid?

Speaking at the closing of the 70th Umno annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur today, Zahid said he had been tasked by Najib to deal with foreign elements trying to spark a revolution in the country.

He claimed these elements included human rights group Suaram, electoral reform group Bersih, the Bar Council, news portal Malaysiakini and whistle blower portal Sarawak Report.

“The question is, what is the next course of action?

“I would like to announce that the government is forming a task force comprising the police, MACC, Bank Negara and AG’s Chambers to seek out even the smallest of information (about these elements),” he said.

Zahid, in his winding-up speech, urged Umno delegates to honour the police for taking action as the hall erupted in cheers.

Earlier in his speech, Zahid said the organisations he named had received funding from organisations linked to US billionaire George Soros.

Our comment

To his cheering UMNO accessories (today all back decoratively dressed in red) Zahid announced that he has been placed at the head of a Special Task Force by PM Najib to investigate and pursue…… Sarawak Report!

Presumably, this means that sinister fellows will again be sent out from the Embassy in Belgrave Square to lurk around the house of the Editor of this blog and stalk her to coffee shops and the like, trying to peek into her computer and catch her in the subversive activity of telling the truth.

Yet if he is so angry about this airing of the truth, why doesn’t he square up to some bigger fellows, rather than threatening a single female writer or locking up female civil rights champions like Maria or hounding already acquitted film show festival organisers like Lena?

How about taking on the US Dept of Justice and FBI?  How about slanging Singapore’s Monetary Authority and the Swiss Prosecutors? How about ranting away at the numerous international banks, who have now owned up, apologised and paid fines for money laundering, thereby placing Najib and 1MDB’s illegal actions squarely in the frame, despite all their ridiculous denials and phantom donors?

No, bullies are cowards, so he prefers to blame a single woman who caught Najib with his hand bang in the public till – stealing from the mouths of the Rakyat and spending the cash on gaudy bags and diamonds and large size clothing and anti-aging treatment for his domineering wife.

So, Sarawak Report has this reply for Zahid and his followers, all trapped in their UMNO bubble and padded from the realities of the wider world: we know how to deal with bullies; we stand up to them.

Watch this space.

Have Faith And Thou Shalt Receive Also Of The Stolen Dedak

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has done Malaysia proud in the eyes of the Muslim world, which is why the Arabs donated money to the prime minister, said an Umno delegate.

Federal Territories Umno delegate Rizuan Abd Hamid, who was debating the motion on religion and education at the Umno annual general assembly today, pointed out Malaysia is known in the eyes of the world as a leading promoter of the halal industry.

Citing relevant figures, he said the halal industry market is worth US$2.3 trillion and Malaysian products alone are expected to be worth US$41 billion this year.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry earlier this year announced exports of halal products from January to September last year totalled RM31.1 billion.

Thanking Najib for this, Rizuan said Malaysia’s achievements in the area show how great the country is in the eyes of the world.

“Why? Because it is led by Najib as prime minister. Muslims around the world respect our prime minister.

“That’s why the Saudi prince gave money to Najib to be used in the elections. It was not for his own use,” he stressed.

Our comment

So what is this Saudi Royal’s name?

And why has Najib not sued the FBI, which examined all the dollar bank records which have to be cleared through the United States, and concluded the money went from 1MDB’s account to Najib’s in three swift moves?

This is self-serving blind faith by delegates, who know the more they heap public praise on Najib the more of the stolen dedak Rosmah will pay into their pockets.

Each should be aware of the deadly effects of contamination of this dedak – one day they will wish they had resisted the temptation of money they know was stolen from an angry Rakyat.

And Najib ought not to brag to the Arab world, whilst allowing respected figures like the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to be slandered as a ‘plotter’ by his bloggers for moving to stop the 1MDB thefts.

Why This Unbecoming Talk?

“God willing, we will fight until the death and until the last drop of blood,” Najib told delegates, who had earlier greeted him with enthusiastic applause, signalling their support for his leadership.

“Please realise my (Malay) race, do not falter for a moment as we are facing unprecedented challenges,” he added.

Ruslee Bedol, a delegate from southern Johor state, told AFP that UMNO had already started preparing for a vote and said “we expect elections in the next six months.”

UMNO has dominated multi-cultural Malaysia for decades, enshrining policies that favour the Malay majority.

But the large ethnic Chinese minority and a new generation of other voters have flocked to the opposition in disgust over racial politics and persistent accusations of corruption and democratic abuses.

But since former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed in 2015 on sodomy charges, the political opposition has fractured.

Our comment

Donald Trump was bad enough, but even he did not talk of fighting to the death and spilling blood in a democratic election.

The Malays have nothing to fear if a Malay dominated opposition wins the election – why should they cease to support rural folk?

With some of the people who run Penang largely corruption free these days joining in that progressive team people should further find that the leeching from public funds by greedy UMNO warlords will also stop and there will be more money available.

So, why this desperate talk as if the world would end from Najib? The only people who have anything to fear from UMNO losing power are the thieves and worse, who have been driving the state into bankruptsy and locking up their critics and opposition leaders under Najib.


UMNO's True Colours...

UMNO AGM Sungai Besar Umno division head Jamal Md Yunos was greeted with thunderous applause when he made an appearance at the Wanita Umno annual assembly today.

Jamal, who strung a large cut-out depicting PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli from his neck, was invited on stage to acknowledge his supporters.

The cut-out was accompanied with a text which claimed that Rafizi had defamed Wanita Umno head Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Several Wanita Umno delegates could be heard thanking Jamal for standing up for their leader.

Umno supreme council member Ismail Sabri was seen giving Jamal a standing ovation when he entered the hall.

Earlier, Jamal worked the floor at Putra World Trade Centre, shaking hands and posing for photographs

Our comment

This dreadful little low-life thug is UMNO’s hero.

He brawls with police, threatens violence of the worst kind, wags his bottom as an insult like a baboon and frankly represents an embarrassment to the civilised section of the human race.

Yet UMNO delegates howled and cheered him.

How damned embarrassing is that, to their party forefathers, their country and to the religion they claim to represent?

How much lower can this Crime Minister take his party and his country in such swift time?

Who Are The Real Nazis?

Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today drew parallels between the opposition’s propaganda efforts with the leaders of Nazi Germany.

In his officiating speech for Umno’s youth, women’s and puteri wings annual assembly today, Zahid recounted how the Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had a grip on German citizens through carefully crafted propaganda strategies.

“It was based on lies… Hitler once wrote: ‘If you are going to tell a lie, tell a big one and if you tell it often enough, people will begin to believe it’….

“The opposition’s plot in this country is almost the same,” said Zahid.

He said the opposition had been claiming that the country would go bankrupt under the current administration, among other fallacies.

This, said Zahid, was a worrying trend as it has resulted in polarisation of thought and led to the rise of politics of hate.

As for Umno’s own communication efforts, Zahid told his audience that 87 percent of information was now being sourced through the new media…

“The opposition’s plot in this country is almost the same,” said Zahid.

He said the opposition had been claiming that the country would go bankrupt under the current administration, among other fallacies.

In view of this, he said members of all three Umno wings must use cyberspace wisely in order to address slander and attacks by the party’s enemies….

He said Umno’s cybertroopers must be united and form a proper strategy to combat the enemy, rather than fight among themselves.

Our comment

Zahid Hamidi would do better to steer away from raising comparisons to the Nazis, given that the world can see who is using the Gestapo tactics in Malaysia.

It is not the opposition who are knocking on doors at all hours and arresting people on false charges. And it is not the opposition who talk up racial and ideological issues.

Nor is it the opposition who talk of “the enemy” with respect to other citizens in their own country with whom they happen to disagree.

Neither is it the opposition who have grasped total control of a massive state media including print and radio broadcasts. That is what UMNO have done, abusing all the powers and wealth of the state to do so.

Rather, the opposition are the equivalent of the plucky pamphleteers of the Resistance, who have the advantage of the truth to catch people’s minds through the poor man’s medium of the internet.

It is the opposition who are calling for freedom, equality, progress and reform, whilst it is UMNO who are calling for the ‘supremacy of the master race’.

One could continue with many more accurate parallels and every one confirms how conspicuously it is UMNO who resemble the Nazi party from Germany, who don’t even make any pretences about their Cyber Storm Troopers (with RPK as their Lord Haw Haw, squawking from the safety of abroad).

They believe they can swamp those who rely on truth and fact. However, they will never out-argue them…. unless Zahid Hamidi can produce that Saudi Royal he says he met who ‘donated’ Najib that billion dollars, of course!

What Is This RPK Man Smoking?!

The Blair-Rewcastle multifaceted complicity to destroy 1MDB

On the 11th of January 2010, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak made public a multi-billion dollar joint venture initiative between 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, and China’s leading power grid operator, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). The news did not go down well with Andrew Brown, the brother of former British premier Gordon Brown, who decided to try and dissuade the Chinese against persisting with their energy ambitions in Malaysia.

Just for that, Andrew came up with the idea of dedicating a news portal to running the gamut of conspiracy against the then Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud. He tasked his wife, Clare Rewcastle Brown, to come up with editorials that would expose alleged acts of criminal and moral impropriety on the part of the former Chief Minister in relation to Cahaya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), a flagship of the Taib Business Empire.

One thing led to another before team Rewcastle (comprising Andrew, Ms. Rewcastle and a few of Andrew’s associates) got down to registering the sarawakreport.org with Cloudfire, a web hosting and internet security firm based in the United States (US). The domain name was soon identified with Sarawak Report, a fake news portal that kicked off with an editorial accusing CMS of receiving numerous government contracts, engaging in shoddy business deals and benefiting illegally from taxpayer money.

Our comment

The husband of the Editor of Sarawak Report, Andrew Brown (who retired over a year ago from his communications role at EDF Energy), is commonly known to moan to those who know him that his wife always does precisely as she likes and he cannot guide her.

Yet ‘RPK’ appears to have a wonderful and weird inside knowledge to imply the opposite. In a characteristically rambling and contorted piece of bad writing, he has come up with a baffling story to connect everyone his paymaster Rosmah doesn’t like into a global plot to make up the whole 1MDB scandal in order to tarnish the squeaky clean Najib Razak.

It is the usual ridiculous and unsubstantiated bilge that readers (if there are any genuine ones left) have come to expect.

However, he undermines the entire edifice of claptrap right at the start with the statement “Andrew Brown tasked his wife”.  No self-respecting wife gets tasked by her husband… certainly not this one and certainly not Rosmah!

Nevertheless, FLOM has doubtless paid RPK for his job as usual, courtesy of used notes via the Embassy.

It's Not the 'Trump Effect', but the 'Najib Effect' Stooopids!

The ringgit closed lower against the US dollar today as it is still feeling the impact of the Donald Trump’s US presidential election win, a dealer said.

At 6pm, the ringgit was traded at 4.4600/4650 against the US dollar from 4.4530/4600 on Friday.

Second Finance Minister, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, said Malaysia has no option but to face the current volatility of the ringgit while focusing on enhancing its economic fundamentals.

“The US needs money and funds. Americans have been investing overseas and it is estimated that about US$2-US$3 trillion of their investments are in Asean countries.

“To bring back the money, the US will raise interest rate and when this happens, our interest rate will become not so attractive,” he said. The further decline of the ringgit was worsened by speculative activities in the offshore market, he said. The ringgit was traded mostly lower against other major currencies.

Our comment

It’s the corruption Stoopid.

That’s the elephant in the room that all those analysts are so politely trying to find ways to talk around.  If ‘the Trump effect’ was the real reason for Malaysia’s problems it would not be doing so much worse than all the other currencies, despite the fact that Najib’s tame new Governor is throwing the country’s reserves at trying to prop the currency up and lecturing banks on not selling.

How can there be any confidence in a currency that represents a country which is being plundered by a bunch of corrupted and out of control politicians, who make up the law as they go along?

The Economist told the truth in it’s leader last week called ‘Falling Down – Malaysians underestimate the trouble their country is in”

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Gangnam Style!

Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans marched in central Seoul on Saturday to surround embattled President Park Geun-hye’s office, forming a so-called “human chain” to demand the president’s resignation, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

As of 4pm local time, organisers estimated over 200,000 people gathered around the Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, just over a kilometre away from the presidential Blue House where Park’s office and residence are located.

The demonstrators marched up to 200 metres from the Blue House as a Seoul court allowed it.

Park’s office was encircled by a chain of protesters in three sides along the wall of police bus that were parked to prevent an attempt to enter inside the presidential office.

The association to let the Park Geun-hye administration resign, composed of about 1,500 civic groups, held a preliminary event for three hours before the march to the Blue House.

Our comment

This President Park ought to take some lessons from the world’s self-proclaimed ‘greatest democracy’, Malaysia.

This march ought to have been declared illegal and its leaders arrested under terrorism laws.  A bunch of thugs should have been mobilised to frighten the marchers and then clapped in jail too (only overnight of course) to give a show of ‘fair play’.

Any criticism of Park ought then also to be declared illegal and Facebook scoured to identify perpetrators.  Park should sack all her senior colleagues and replace the top law enforcers, so they declare her ‘cleared’.

To make sure, she should rush through a law allowing her to shoot people dead if she feels it to be necessary – for terrorism offences that include ‘seeking to topple an elected prime minister in between elections’.

Then Mrs Park can really start looting as much money as she likes – not just a few million, but real billions!