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Strategic PR Job Needed

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.

Our comment

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.

Jho

[This is a spoof by the way. Ed]

Najib Is Conscience Free

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.

 

Our comment

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.

Sarawak Report Is No 'Tool'

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 Sarawak Report, claiming that the opposition was spreading negative narratives on the political and socio-economic policies through these portals.

 

Our comment

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.

Does Fuzi Adhere To The Royal 'We'?

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.

Our comment

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?

Time Taiwan Joined The 1MDB Investigation

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.

Our comment

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.

'Others Stayed Quiet' - The Reason Why UMNO Is Finished

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?

Our comment

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.

Gifts And The Moral Dimension

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.

Our comment

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!

Sarawak's Oil Is Too Important For Hasty Rulings, So Why The Upset Abang Jo?

The Sarawak chief minister’s office, in a statement, said it was informed of the postponement of the suit pending a decision by the Attorney-General’s Chambers on whether the federal government should intervene.

“The Federal Court has acceded to the request by the federal attorney-general for a postponement of the hearing to enable him to consider whether the federal government ought to intervene in this case.

“It is surprising that Petronas which made the application and sought an urgent hearing thereof, has made no objection to the postponement of the hearing of the case,” he said.

Petronas had applied to the Federal Court for leave to commence proceedings against the Sarawak government, which hearing was to have taken place tomorrow. It will now take place on June 21.

Petronas wants a declaration from the Federal Court that it is the exclusive owner of petroleum resources and industry regulator throughout Malaysia, including Sarawak.

Our comment

Why does the Sarawak Chief Minister appear to be surprised and almost disappointed that the attempt by Petronas to apparently rush through a Federal Court judgement in favour of the highly dubious signing over of all of Sarawak’s oil has now been postponed?

Given that the move to get this ruling appeared to be little short of a legal mugging of his state administration, timed to be rushed through straight after the election and before a counter-case had been prepared, it ought to have been the Chief Minister at the forefront of the call to slow things down and not left to the newly appointed Attorney General Tommy Thomas.

Instead, the people of Sarawak have yet to hear a squeak from this PBB led state government about what its legal position on the case even is. So, does Abang Jo support the position of Petronas?  If he does not support it, why was he not the first to ask for more time to enable the state to adequately counter Petronas’s case?

There is also the not inconsequential matter of the as yet unreformed nature of the top judiciary.

This is an issue that is worth billions of ringgit to the public of Sarawak. It represents the difference between prosperity and poverty.  After all, for the last fifty years, under the auspices of the highly controversial and legally dubious present agreement, signed by the present Governor’s uncle, all the state’s oil revenue has gone to the federal purse, with virtually no benefits in terms of cash or development ploughed back into the state from whence the resource came.

Ought Abang Jo not be taking the opportunity to right this wrong, get more money for Sarawak and fight the best possible case against Petronas?  Or are the people to expect a similar backroom deal to the one inflicted by his predecessor, who chose back in 1974 to cosy up to KL instead?

Give Najib Enough Rope!

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s warning against a hasty charge on the 1MDB scandal proved there is no solid evidence on the matter, former premier Najib Abdul Razak said today.

“He said without solid evidence, and if I am found not guilty by the courts, then all allegations and actions by Pakatan Harapan all this while will be questioned by the people.

“By saying this, Mahathir has admitted that Harapan made allegations against me without solid evidence.

“Now they want to justify their allegations by looking for ‘evidence’ whether it is true, fictitious, or made up,” Najib wrote on his Facebook.

Mahathir had warned yesterday that haste in charging Najib could end up seeing the latter go free.

Najib said the remarks also proved that the alleged charge sheet against him in mid-2015 was not real, and part of a conspiracy by some in government to overthrow him.

 

Our comment

There is a well known tactic where a sly operator will allow a fool enough rope, so that he hangs himself.  In this case Dr M is the willy strategist and Najib the goose.

Najib apprears admirably to be falling into the trap of using the licence that is being given him in order to condemn himself: infuriating everyone as he shoots his mouth off, claiming innocence in all directions, when the evidence of mass corruption is plain for all to see.

This man needs to face reality for his own good, but having been pampered and flattered by all those around him since his early 20s, owing to accident of birth, it is probably an impossible request.  He will remain in his own bubble till the end of his days, listening to whoever is prepared to continue to humour his self-delusions.

Meanwhile, every time he tells another lie, engages in another treacherous conspiracy or ticks off his successors for not telling lies themselves he is figuratively pulling the noose around his own neck and digging his own grave.  This is because he is usefully providing his eventual prosecutors with plenty of evidence of his total lack of remorse for the way he conducted himself while in office.