The bank chairman arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday has been named as retired army general Abdul Aziz Zainal.
According to a Bernama report, he will be remanded for seven days from today to assist in the investigation into the misappropriation of funds.
Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman allowed the application by the MACC to remand the 65-year-old Tan Sri until Sept 5.
Aziz, who heads the board of government-owned Bank Rakyat, was detained over alleged graft and misuse of power, in a case involving a RM15 million book project and a project to upgrade the bank’s IT system.
Some warped logic has told the Prime Minister and his new puppet at the head of the MACC that as long as the public sees certain figures punished for corruption they will be reassured.
So they have been loudly moving against whosoever in recent days.
Possibly, this ex-General was someone Najib didn’t particularly get on with in the days when he was Minister of Defence. But, by moving against him he has reminded all and sundry who was taking all the biggest kickbacks when he himself was Minister of Defence.
Corruption is everywhere on a giant scale these days in Malaysia. This is because corruption is instituted from the top and can only be cleaned out top down.
Sadly the Malaysian government reflects the attitudes of its majority constituents, the Malays. Their patience is legendary. But go too far and not even social media will save those irresponsible users of social media space from the wrath of an angry provoked section of the population pushed against their limits. The current generation of young Malaysians has little or no memories of May 13 and what it is that provoked that violent backlash.
It made my flesh crawl when I saw a video shot of a group of Chinese youth at the last Bersih rally symbolically with a broom in hand sweeping the Malays (an effigy of the Prime Minister Najib Razak) in a repeat of a gesture not too dissimilar to that which the Chinese used to spark May 13 in 1969. To that I say, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
Najib Razak’s propaganda teams are more easily recognised than ever these days. They are the ones saying black is white and complaining that media outlets not directly controlled by the Prime Minister are ‘abused’.
Top of the Pops in this department is a suddenly promoted former nonentity, one Quintin Rosario from Brisbane and the online platform ‘Malaysia Today’ run by Najib blogger RPK.
So, when you have Quinton quoted by ‘RPK’ warning Chinese Malaysians with the vicious and sinister threat that the ‘ever patient’ Malays will soon be ‘provoked’ into another ‘May 13th’ massacre against them, owing to criticism of Najib, everyone knows what is going on.
Yet Najib has thrown himself and the ‘ever patient Malays’ at the mercy of Asia’s super-power China both financially and politically in response to his own corruption crisis, thereby undermining Malaysia’s economic and political independence.
How does he imagine his powerful new patrons are going to react to these dirty threats against Chinese communities, so many of whom lost their lives when his own father presided over the ghastly massacre which he dares to mention as a weapon in this way to frighten people with?
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he will not disturb the leadership style of his successor especially by issuing various criticism openly after his retirement.
He said that every prime minister would take the nation to a certain level and the subsequent premier would take the country to a better level.
“I have a philosophy, I will retire and will not interfere with my successor when the time comes for me to go (as prime minister) later.
“My successor will do better than when I was helming the nation. That is continuity in any struggle,” he said in a question and answer session in the programme ’60 Minutes With the Prime Minister’ together with 350 male and female undergraduates from local and foreign universities and representatives of youth organisations at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya today.
The prime minister said this when asked whether he felt comfortable when compared to the previous leaders.
He said that upon his retirement, he wished to do a lot of things that he could not do when he was the leader including playing football, writing books and visiting countries that he had never been to.
Unlike normal mortals the Prime Minister believes he can control his future.
He says he will not criticise his successor… but maybe his successor will be someone he has already criticised in the past.
It is not for him to say, because all of us have to accept that we are but temporarily in our positions on earth to enjoy the fruits of our situation.
As for football, travelling and the like…. well these would be unlikely were justice to catch up with him. Because, all Malaysia now knows that the rightful place for him is jail.
Furthermore, we note that reading and writing (something he plans to do a lot of when he is ‘retired’) have been restricted by Najib himself in the case of political opponents he has put in jail for trumped up crimes. So, why does he assume that he will be able to indulge in such past times, which he denied to others, were he to be locked up for his genuine crimes?
Najib should act less complacent, like the rest of us. But, at least he is thinking about retirement!
The upcoming Himpunan Merah rally will feature some 40 percent Chinese Malaysian participation, pledge rally organiser Jamal Mohd Yunus.
The Umno Sungai Besar division leader conceded that group’s previous rally in September last year attracted a Malay-only crowd, but said this issue has been addressed.
“The difference with the rally this time around is that we have an understanding between Malays, Chinese, and Indians, and this time we will come together, unlike before…
“I have discussed this for nearly two weeks, so there won’t be any problems and I am confident that if the rally is to go ahead, 40 percent of the participants would be Chinese.
“We have discussed; we have prepared. We are serious in this matter and not just fooling around,” he told reporters today.
As of noon today, he claimed, some 58,000 people have pledged support to the Himpunan Merah movement, along with nearly 600 NGOs nationwide.
He added that 50,000 Himpunan Merah t-shirts, have already been printed, 5,000 of which will begin distribution today at RM10 each. A nationwide roadshow will also be held to promote its cause.
Red Shirt symbolism is all about anger and aggression – they have adopted the colour of blood and on the T Shirts have appeared racist pictures of slaughter and mayhem.
Leadership types like Yunis tend to be photographed raising their fists and shouting, teeth bared.
Quite an act for a bunch of chaps who are funded by Najib.
But, all in all their rallying cry sucks. They are there to attack those who are calling for clean elections! They are shouting at and intimidating people who are merely asking for corruption to be cleared!
Does this mean they are in favour of dirty elections and corruption?
Red Shirts claim that in democracies people must accept the results of dirty elections and have no right to exercise their right to protest or express their opinions openly. So, it is Yunis who needs to learn about the basics of the democratic process, which have so far plainly escaped his limited understanding.
Indeed these paid up protestors are so ridiculous and unpleasant that they do not deserve to be reported, except to inform about the sorts of thugs that Najib is willing to sponsor, in order to disrupt the democratic right of people to call for an end to corrupt and lawless government.
Umno supreme council member Mahdzir Khalid said stern action should be taken against Malaysians who leaked information to outside parties.
Mahdzir, who is Education Minister, said their act could invite foreign intervention into the country’s affairs and as such, they should be punished for tarnishing the country’s image.
“We do not want outside parties to interfere in the country’s affairs, if they do, and we leak information, it would destroy the nation.
“We are talking about the country’s sovereignty, nationhood, something which cannot be given up to others.
“We should seek (those who leaked information) and punish them,” he said when met by reporters after officially opening the Maran Umno delegates meeting today.
Also present was Deputy Human Resource Minister Ismail Abdul Muttalib, who is the Maran Umno divisional leader.
Mahdzir said Malaysia, as a democratic and sovereign country, did not need foreign intervention to determine its leaders and how it should be administered.
“It is a question of honour, of the country and leadership, the prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) was elected by the people through a legitimate process, the general election, so as Malaysians we must have the solidarity and strength to support our prime minister,” he added.
UMNO’s desperate talk is taking a sinister turn.
Instead of sacking their PM who has been caught stealing billions from the people and then blatantly lying about it, they are seeking out whistleblowers to ‘punish them’ for leaking the information.
Mr Muttalib is blaming those whistleblowers for ‘tarnishing the country’s image’ rather than the high level thieves who actually stole the money and then spent it in an orgy of embarrassing excess in nightclubs the world over.
In the process he is squaring little Malaysia up against countries like the United States, whom he accuses of ‘interfering’ in his sovereign country by revealing his boss’s dirty secrets and impounding stolen assets.
In fact, it wasn’t local whistleblowers who shopped Najib, it was Jho Low’s behaviour that gave the game away. Later shocked foreigners tipped off the DOJ that the outrageous sums being spent round Vegas and Hollywood had been stolen.
That is against US law, so Malaysian political thieves should heed their own words and not interfere in the US by breaking their national laws against money-laundering.
Indeed, the more that these UMNO side-kicks stick up for Najib the more the rest of the country, their followers and the rest of the world realise they must be as dirty and compromised as he is.
Any ‘honourable’ party would have asked such a tainted leader to step aside for the sake of the country. Instead UMNO are adopting a bunker mentality and accusing the rest of the world of ‘interfering’ in their perceived right to rig elections and then pillage funds.
Malaysia needs to be part of the global economy to keep its level of prosperity. Investors do not come to countries where leaders attack foreigners and issue witch-hunts against critics of corruption – UMNO are making Malaysia into a rogue state, just to protect their local crime boss, Najib.
Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron said his “US wants to kill Malays” remarks were designed to stoke the fires of patriotism among citizens of the country.
However, he added that his remarks about the motivation behind the US Department of Justice (DOJ) civil filing to seize assets linked to 1MDB, have been misunderstood by certain parties, reports Malay daily Berita Harian.
He said that his remarks were designed to boost patriotism, specifically to Umno members he was addressing.
“Understand my meaning (when I said that the US seeks to kill Malays) – that was to stoke the patriotic spirit amongst Umno members so that we can administer our own country without outside intervention,” he said after opening Surau At-Thoiyyibah at Taman Rembia Perkasa in Alor Gajah, Malacca, today.
He was commenting on brickbats thrown at him for saying that the US is using the DOJ filing in order to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, and also targeting to kill the Malays just as it had with the Iraqis.
This fellow is of the view that since his party has managed to cheat its way into power in Malaysia (through a combination of bribery and election jiggery pokery) then the rest of the world should let them get on with abusing it to pillage their own people.
What business is it of outsiders, says Idris?
Well, he needs to understand that if he and his fellow politicians wish to transfer this stolen loot into the currencies of reputable countries and then to use those currencies to splash on luxuries and purchase assets in these foreign jurisdictions, then he has strayed out from his small pond into the open glare of the wider world.
The Malacca head should not be so vain and grandiose to think he can bully the US, UK and Swiss in the same way as he has got used to bossing and grabbing from poor locals back home.
He wants to send his kids to international schools, buy houses, invest in businesses, go to restaurants and hotels in properly managed countries? Then he should make sure it is with clean cash. Those are their rules.
Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron has slammed postings on social media that suggest Malaysia’s economy is facing a downturn, arguing no one has died of hunger yet.
On the contrary not only is Malaysia prosperous, he said, but it is the fruit of Umno policies to ensure social justice.
Officiating the Ampang Umno divisional meetings for its Youth, Women, and Puteri wings today, Idris said to be economically prosperous means being able to put enough food on the table.
Not only is no one dying of hunger in Malaysia, he said, but the country is so prosperous, some are finding that 29 days of Syawwal is not enough to hold Hari Raya open houses.
He cited an anecdote about an acquaintance who wanted to hold a Hari Raya open house today, although the month of Shawwal has already passed.
Famously, Marie Antoinette spoke thus in advance of the Great French Revolution – showing a total disconnect between the pampered and privileged few from the travails of normal people. She paid with her head.
Malaysians now know that until people start dying in the street the Malacca Chief and his UMNO pals are not going to get that bothered.
That’s their definition of an economic downturn.
Meanwhile, Idris Haron and his select circle of privileged rent-seekers just cannot stuff themselves enough. They are extending their month of Shawwal blow-outs and cripplingly expensive ‘open house parties’ so that there are enough days for all of them to play host.
Is that how it is out there for salary earners and GST tax payers in Malaysia?
Khairy stressed that the DOJ’s action had nothing to do with the Malaysian government nor did it directly involve Najib or 1MDB.
He also said those named in the suits would have their day in court to defend themselves against the accusations.
In light of this, he said demands for Najib to quit office were uncalled for.
“The accusations in this investigative findings have yet to be proven, but suddenly there are calls (for Najib) to step down and many more.
“I can’t accept this because this is the government and the prime minister that have the people’s mandate.”
Aside from all the other childish nonsense, criticising grown-ups from the DOJ, Najib’s paid-up chorus are back with the mantra that they have a ‘people’s mandate’.
So, let us remind them that they don’t.
Najib’s own excuse for pocketing RM2.6 billion before the last election was to help him win it. What do we think he spent all that illicit money on? Everyone has seen the notes that were being handed round on polling day and knows of the obscene graft associated with BN ‘money politics’.
But, even then, with all that bribery and cheating, BN did not win the people’s mandate. Anwar’s coalition got substantially more votes and only outrageous and unconstitutional gerrymandering, thanks to BN’s subversion of the Election Commission, got them a majority of seats.
So, that election “win” was every bit as criminal a theft as all that money stolen from 1MDB and Khairy and co would do well to shut up about it, even if it is their best excuse.
The Umno supreme council, which met last week, did not discuss the “Malaysian Official 1″ mentioned in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) court filings against the alleged abuse of 1MDB funds, according to Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin.
However, he said the issue of the court filings was raised during the meeting.
“We did not discuss it because nobody knew who ‘MO1′ was,” he told Malaysiakini.
“DOJ did not name the person, so it is difficult to predict (who the person is),” he added.
After chairing the meeting, Najib had told reporters that the council had taken note of the so-called “Malaysian Official 1″, who was mentioned 36 times in the court filings.
Lucky these top people had drivers to take them home, since plainly they could not find the way themselves.
Poor Malaysia to be governed by morons, or worse, such unscrupulous liars.
This Minister along with UMNO bigwigs did not need to “predict” who Malaysian Official 1, since it is a matter of very basic deduction. The DOJ detailed every aspect of Najib’s job, position and family ties. They also detailed how Malaysian Official 1 had received US$681 million from Tanore Finance Corporation into his private AmBank account in KL in March 2013… something Najib himself has admitted to.
Do the master brains of the Malaysian Cabinet think there may be other Malaysian Officials in KL who also received US$681 million from Tanore Finance into their AmBank accounts in two identical tranches on the same dates in March 2013?
A Malaysian-born lawyer in Australia has said US action against assets linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is legally flawed
Quintin Rozario, a prominent litigation lawyer in Brisbane, said the US Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, had committed “excesses and breaches of natural justice” by making public statements on Malaysian individuals that allegedly laundered illicit funds into the United States.
Last week, the US Justice Department filed a complaint to enable the seizure of assets said to have been acquired with funds embezzled from 1MDB.
Rozario told Bernama from Brisbane that Lynch overstepped the mark and her authority by concluding that an offence or offences had been committed by Malaysia or its agents.
He cited a US Supreme Court decision that held that offences committed by anyone resident in the US could not be attributed to their government, or in this case, to 1MDB.
Rozario accused Lynch and the United States of using strong-arm tactics against smaller states by appropriating to itself powers that usurped Malaysia’s sovereignty and the powers of US and Malaysian courts.
Was this the best that Bernama’s UMNO bosses could dredge up?
Obviously yes. A Malaysian “prominent litigation lawyer”, who has made it to the heady heights of Brisbane!
Presumably, no one in the US or indeed anywhere else, has yet been found prepared to make such silly comments, unless engaged on a formal basis (Najib says he has decided against legal action – no surprise there) … after all top lawyers have their reputations to think about in the cut throat real world.
We can expect a lot more silly stuff from the few non-entities willing to stick up for Najib in the face of overwhelming evidence from the DOJ over the next days. The sort of people who have nothing to lose in terms of credibility, because they are of little note to begin with.
Meanwhile, set these claims alongside the acknowledgement by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, someone who is definitely worth listening to:
“The allegations involving 1MDB are serious and subject to ongoing investigations in more than one jurisdiction”,
Indeed. What does Quentin have to say about the Swiss, Singaporean, Luxembourg and other statements on the case? Have these national prosecutors botched up their jobs as well? Funny no one has yet bothered to hire him to get things right in any of these countries…. maybe a career outside Brisbane may one day beckon.