1MDB was established to funnel money to companies linked to Umno, testified the sovereign wealth fund’s former CEO.
Tenth prosecution witness Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman confirmed this during the 1MDB corruption trial of former premier Najib Abdul Razak today.
The witness claimed that funds from 1MDB were used to help contractors linked to the political party in the 1MDB-linked Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) mega project.
Hazem was answering a question by the accused’s lead defence counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah during cross-examination.
Shafee had questioned Hazem over a portion of the latter’s witness statement where he (Hazem) claimed that 1MDB-linked businessperson Jho Low told him that the sovereign wealth fund was set up to help Umno…
At one point during the proceedings, Hazem also told the court that Najib was his “ultimate boss”.
This was similar to what was testified by former Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) CEO Azian Mohd Noh in a separate corruption trial of the former premier.
On June 10, 2019, during Najib’s RM42 million SRC International corruption trial, prosecution witness Azian testified that the accused, when he was the prime minister, was the “ultimate boss” in regard to his influence over the fund.
This is the truth and everyone knows it. Except convicted ex-PM Najib, who ordered the entire operation and oversaw it from the moment of its inception till the money flowed into his personal accounts.
Najib will blame this underling, like all the other underlings he blamed for gulling him and cheating him into receiving billions that he poured into his political and personal campaigns.
He will accuse those who have called him out, including Sarawak Report, of being ‘paid’ or ‘politically motivated’ or ‘outsiders’.
How about just plain outraged by a crime that holds massive consequences for millions of law abiding, innocent people who put their trust in their leaders?
Xavier Justo this is a Swiss citizen.
Kamal Sidiqqi is Mahathir’s meeting friend from the past. Even Tun Mahathir’s house lift installed Kamal….
After PH won the GE14, Justo continued to move to Malaysia and was repeated as a hero and given some honor by the PH government.
“As an email between Mahony and Obaid reveals, they were exchanging ideas on how to explain the situation to Najib. It was decided that they would hide from him the fact that 1MDB would have to take a US$500 million loss. Instead, they would impress upon Najib how important it was for 1MDB to quickly invest another US$500 million with them.”
So! Najib reckons he has proof that shows he was thick and stupid rather than complicit after all!
Sarawak Report begs to suggest that Najib is in fact both complicit and pretty stupid – the criminal who got caught. If Jho Low and Mahony thought they could play games behind his back as they all stole billions it does not make Najib innocent.
Najib’s legal guru (whom he once paid RM9.5 million out of the billion dollars stolen from 1MDB that was channelled into his own account) is presently struggling to pull together an appeal case against one of the most solid, extensive and comprehensive judgements ever produced in a Malaysian court. This gambit is unlikely to be the Hail Mary solution to upturn the case.
The judge finds Najib guilty in the SRC case based on copious original documents, evidence and witness statements. Indeed, why would a Prime Minister appoint himself Finance Minister and then race to set up a public fund, take full control of all decisions, rush to borrow money, then invest it in a shell company that loses it all for the money only to turn up in the PM’s personal account? Why, if this is because he was ‘tricked’ by a twenty something advisor, did the PM then seek to cover up what happened and threaten those who published the truth about the thefts he now admits took place?
Yet, seeking as he does day in and out to come up with any sort of excuse to blame others for the money he stole, Najib is now seeking to put out a latest lament on Facebook claiming that because second hand evidence which formed some of the information used by Sarawak Report in exposing what had happened was not introduced in court – why bother when investigators had the actual records straight from the company and the bank?
Najib appears to suggest that because the company PetroSaudi was owned by Prince Turki (who in fact scrambled to get rid of his 50% share after the s**t started to hit the fan in 2014) there could have been no wrongdoing by Najib. Likewise, he suggests that Sarawak Report was “biased” to publish the smoking gun information so he must be innocent (Sarawak Report acknowledges bias against corruption and kleptocracy).
The moaning convict then complains that Justo who obtained the documents is to blame and alleges he is of uncertain character for doing so – fine one to judge. And so it goes on.
The end point that Najib seeks to make is that deep down in the PetroSaudi data, which Justo provided to Sarawak Report having first tipped off a Malaysian car manufacturer he met through PetroSaudi’s dalliance with Formula 1 (using 1MDB money) is some email information that he suggests will let him off the hook. This, he claims is why it was not relied on in court or by the FBI, instead of the real reason which is that it is secondary and not primary evidence.
Also, Najib doesn’t like the car manufacturer whom he blames for wasting Malaysian public money HE invested (although he blames his ex-boss Mahathir of course).
So, let’s be clear. Sarawak Report has extensively reviewed the relevant emails in the PetroSaudi database dealing with 1MDB. They relate to the period 2009-2011 and therefore have no bearing on the SRC case which was the subject of this particular trial (another reason the material was considered irrelevant and unnecessary to his case).
There is nothing in them that exonerates Najib who is described by Jho Low as the Big Boss in his dealings with PetroSaudi. What the emails do show is that Jho Low was up to his neck in managing the deals for 1MDB and that he was using authority given to him by Najib. It shows he had constant access to Najib and spent a lot of time trying to butter him up and help him and lavish attention on his wife. All this was something Najib was denying at the time and denied afterwards as he sought to cover matters up, right till the moment of the trial.
Given the damning evidence Najib’s only hope of reversing his conviction is political. A deal arrived at with a government that relies on his tacky vote in Parliament to keep in power. That would mean putting disgraceful pressure on the judiciary (something Najib record shows he knows a thing or two about) or twisting the arm of his friend the King, who happens to be his local Sultan and family friend.
The Facebook moaning is therefore plainly Najib’s attempt at window dressing what he must hope will be this very outcome.
Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has been sentenced to 12 months’ jail and RM2 million fine in his RM2 million corruption case.
The High Court judge in Kuala Lumpur, Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, delivered the verdict as the accused looked on from the dock during open-court proceedings this morning.
However, the judge allowed the defence’s bid to stay the execution of the sentence pending appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Earlier today, the court had found the former federal territories minister guilty of the graft charge.
The court then went into short recess to allow the defence to prepare mitigation during sentencing.
Today the case was fixed for decision at the end of the defence presentation.
On Dec 7, another bench of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur granted Tengku Adnan a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) in a separate RM1 million corruption case.
According to the charge relevant to today’s verdict, Tengku Adnan, in his capacity as a public servant, namely as then federal territories minister, accepted for himself RM2 million from Chai Kin Kong, who is also director of Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd, via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Aset Kayamas.
The cheque was later deposited into the CIMB Bank account of Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, in which the accused had an alleged interest when it was purported that Aset Kayamas had a connection with his official duties.
Just this weekend Malaysians were infuriated that this old shyster, having managed to get charges dropped was exploiting his continuing position to entertain no less than 10,000 “drive in guests” at a family wedding celebration at Putrajaya.
What unexplained wealth and what cheek?
Clearly this didn’t play either way into the judgement today on some of ‘Ku Nan’s’ other charges, which produced a guilty verdict in no uncertain terms. Malaysians can take heart in the remaining levels of independence amongst at least some of their judges and to see justice denied finally turn to justice supplied.
On the downside, this politician will appeal his lock-up verdict. A well established pattern and recent experience suggest that he will then bail out pending that appeal.
After all, like several other guilty political colleagues, his vote is vital to the continuing survival of the present government. The bailed out Ku Nan will definitely be back in Parliament voting dutifully for PN on every count.
To tot it up, there is the appeal court, then the supreme federal court and of course next a royal pardon to still grind through. We know this Ku Nan has plenty of unexplained funds to pay for the process.
Though rightly condemned to jail (which is from where other normal countries would insist he stage this series of appeals) Ku Nan could well be treating his friends to more jolly weddings at vast expense from Putrajaya over the remaining period of the PN government.
He is plainly, like his kleptocrat pals, banking on the system which is designed to get rich political plunderers off the hook … eventually, after appearances have been satisfied?
Zahid Hamidi today clarified that he was not the defence minister when the government paid out over RM6 billion for warships that were not delivered as part of a RM9 billion project ….
Yesterday, PAC chairman Wong Kah Wong had provided updates on an ongoing PAC probe on the non-delivery of the warships, noting that the project worth more than RM9 billion was awarded through direct negotiations in 2014 to the main contractor Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) Sdn Bhd for the supply of six units of second-generation Littoral Combatant Ships (LCS) warships to the Royal Malaysian Navy.
In this project which is the largest-ever acquisition by the Defence Ministry, Wong said RM6.083 billion had been paid as of October 2020 but without a single LCS delivered by BNS, despite the schedule requiring two LCS ships to be completed by now …
Former deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong had in September told the Dewan Negara that Putrajaya’s special investigation committee on procurement, governance and finance, had discovered that RM1 billion of the RM5.94 billion paid for the warships could not be traced, and had in October urged the government to investigate the missing RM1 billion.
Zahid is right. The man in the job when this project was commissioned without proper tender and the missing billion disappeared was, of course, Najib Razak’s cousin Hishammuddin Hussein, who is right back in the driving seat now as Foreign Minister – the elected anti-corruption government having been turfed out of office thanks to a backdoor opposition coup and bought MPs.
Whether or (far more likely) not inspections reveal a single ship even started for this record sum of money is of course bound to be declared an ‘Official Secret’ for ‘national security reasons’, the handy tactic used by the same bunch of kleptocrats to cover up their previous thefts.
What better incentive to seize back power than to prevent further dangerous exposes such as this and to close down all the existing corruption trials against them?
However, this is plainly not a group of fellows to merely stop at cover up when opportunities present themselves. Malaysians have been treated to the spectacle of a whole new set of ‘negotiated contracts‘ initiated through the latest ‘Covid Budget’, which itself provides a handy framework for further disappearing billions. Make hay while the sun shines, as the saying goes – PN are working overtime.
Clearly, since a billion (at the very least) is now established as having completely disappeared, everyone associated with this contract should by now have been hauled in for questioning by the MACC and bailed pending criminal proceedings.
Meanwhile, the first witness who ought to be called before the PAC for forensic questioning on each and every decision relating to this latest evil raid on the Rakyat’s savings is the former man in charge of the entire corrupt and non-transparent process, namely the present Foreign Minister of the present unelected Frankenstein administration propped up by crooks seeking to be let off the hook.
Klang MP Charles Santiago has been summoned for questioning at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, the DAP elected representative said on Facebook today.
He said the questioning tomorrow morning will be regarding a forum on the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which was held on Nov 25, 2019.
Charles is understood to have appeared as a panellist at the forum organised by human rights group Suaram as part of the latter’s campaign to repeal Sosma.
Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik had threatened to sue Charles over his remarks at the same forum.
Zakir had accused Charles of defaming him by linking him to the arrests of a dozen individuals accused of attempting to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), while lawyers representing Charles said the remarks were not defamatory.
Prior to the forum, the police also said it would not rule out summoning several people including Charles over the allegation there was a ‘deep state’ operating within the government….
In December last year, Bukit Aman police also questioned Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy over the same forum under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.
The section refers to “statements conducive to public mischief” that are intended or likely to cause public fear or alarm or induce someone to commit an offence against the government or public tranquillity.
What is most “likely to cause public fear or alarm or induce someone to commit an offence against the government or public tranquillity” is police listening in on public forums and then hauling in people (a year later) who say things the police or influential people don’t like.
Did anyone at the Suaram event start committing violent acts? Was anyone incited to do so in the aftermath of the forum by the remarks made by this elected representative of the people or anyone else? Clearly, with a year gone by the answer is no.
Meanwhile, if Zakir Naik, who is hiding in Malaysia from terrorism charges in his own country, feels insulted by something said, he has access to the civil routes.
Citizens of Malaysia have much more reason to become fearful and alarmed at the sight of their police force championing the battles of such a fellow against their own elected representatives.
With regard to talk of a ‘Deep State’, it seems that were these doughty police officers to be transferred to the United States they would have no hesitation in hauling the very President in for questioning. However, it is simply not the job of the police to make judgements about politics, which are the province of the electorate.
Harassing elected representatives of the people on spurious grounds of inciting public disorder in the total absence of any evidence of such disorder, instead of picking up genuine law breakers is – repeat – something that does cause public fear and alarm.
Such behaviour is a sign of a police force out of control or under the control of factional interests. In these circumstances the public might then indeed feel driven to acts against such a government.
Police are there to serve and solve problems of law breaking and disorder, not to cause disorder or raise public concern about their government.
Opposition MPs have accused Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Willie Mongin of making an obscene gesture in the Dewan Rakyat as the sitting was adjourned to make way for another bloc vote.
Fahmi Fadzil (Harapan-Lembah Pantai) and Kasthuri Patto (Harapan-Batu Kawan) took to their social media and posted about the alleged incident.
They accused Willie of showing his middle finger to the opposition MPs and demanded Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun take action.
The session was, however, adjourned and their microphones were turned off.
Willie denied the matter.
“I would like to stress that the allegation is not true and maybe they had mistakenly seen it,” he said after the session resumed.
Willie says what others say they saw is untrue.
However, why would he not ‘show the finger’ at his former allies, now languishing in opposition thanks to his betrayal?
After all, he has shown the finger to all those who voted for him. He has shown the finger to those who soldiered for years to create and sustain the party which he joined (PKR) to get his seat.
And, of course, he has shown the finger to his former allies in PH whom he ditched to join up with a bunch of Malay Muslim supremacists, who preach that the people whom Willie represents (largely Dayak Christians) should know their place as second class citizens in Malaysia.
In return, he has got a second rate minister’s job, a car and plenty of opportunities to enhance his lifestyle in the process. Compared to that, so what if he chooses to show his finger in a vulgar, juvenile gesture towards those of studier morals when it comes to fulfilling their pledges to the public?
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has claimed today that it is “God’s will” that his party has now allied itself with two other Malay-dominant parties, Umno and PAS — both previously its political enemies.
In his policy speech for the third Bersatu Annual General Meeting peppered with verses of Quran and Arabic phrases, Muhyiddin who is also Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman, said divine will has caused the three parties to band together for the sake of the Malay-Muslim community’s unity.
“This is a test from Allah to us. I believe that there is underlying wisdom in this test that brings together Umno, Bersatu and PAS in one ‘saf’,” he said, using the Arabic term that refers to line or alignment, but usually to describe rows of Muslims united in congregational prayers.
“This cooperation will unite the Malay Muslim in our country who has been divided politically for so long.
“We need to see the bigger ‘maslahah’, the larger good. Wouldn’t it be good that all Malay-Muslim leaders can come together in a larger, stronger ‘jamaah’ than divided into weaker ‘kabilah’?” he asked…
Muhyiddin also promised that PN will fight to return “moderate” Sunni Muslim teachings, which form the basis of the brand of Islam solely recognised by Putrajaya, and to “fight secularism and liberalism”.
Who needs voters when you have God on your side and PAS has taken over your party?
Just as populism looks to be going out of style Mad Moo (as one must now call him) has come gunning in with messages of tribalism and religious intolerance to “fight” non Malays in Malaysia.
Non-Malay Malaysians are thus spurned for their contributions (which have been many) to the comfortable and ever-privileged life of Malays over the past decades. Amongst these oil and other rich resources from East Malaysia. Also the high levels of hard work, educational achievement and professional expertise that are a characteristic gift that minority populations contribute to their wider communities around the world.
How strange that this backdoor PM did not advertise these aggressive sentiments when he stepped together with so many minorities who welcomed him onto the winning platform at GE14, where tolerance and reform were the vote-catching slogans that achieved a landslide.
Having re-joined the losing side, now dominated by the once marginal PAS extremists, he has taken up their toxic and backwards mantra and started claiming to be the divinely imposed emissary of a medieval sounding God (he certainly wasn’t elected after all).
He should note how voters responded to a not too dissimilar pitch this month by the present (but for not long) incumbent in the White House. Hate may excite loyalty and provoke pride, but it also disturbs the peace and destroys neighbourliness, which level headed citizens rightly treasure.
Malaysia was founded on the principles of unity between nations and communities. Instead, Mad Moo has adopted the aggressive tribalism of the Middle East and everyone knows the consequences over there. This style of unity for Malays against others means the end of the unity that created Malaysia and all that came with it.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has extended his gratitude to federal lawmakers today for provisionally approving Budget 2021.
Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Agong also welcomed the support given to Budget 2021, which would safeguard the wellbeing of Malaysians and economic recovery amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Agong also expressed his gratitude to federal lawmakers who have upheld His Majesty’s decree on October 28 for the sake of the welfare of the people and the wellness of the nation,” Ahmad Fadil said in a statement.
Earlier today, Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) inaugural Budget 2021 passed the policy stage in the Dewan Rakyat with a voice vote after fewer than the 15 lawmakers needed to force bloc-voting rose to make their rejection known.
With this extraordinary and unprecedented move to pat MPs on the head, the Agong appears to have made a blatant decision to assert his position as the man in charge of the government of the country, as opposed to a temporary head of state with a highly limited role under the Constitution.
The gesture comes amidst a growing understanding that he had favoured the recent notorious plan to declare an ‘Emergency’ to prop up the prime minister he himself chose (rather than MPs). After the shocking idea was voted down by fellow sultans in the Council of Rulers he then petulantly demanded that parliament support the budget anyway.
This is not his role. Nor was it earlier his role to over-ride the sovereign Parliament and chose the prime minister. Yet now he has taken a giant step further even than this and publicly taken effective ownership of the PM8 budget by personally thanking MPs in such a manner.
He is thereby attempting to force on the country a bloated instrument that reeks of corruption and does barely anything for the people in the middle of a pandemic. It is as if there were no other solution to the problem that his choice for prime minister commands an inadequate following among the elected representatives of the people.
Where will this constitutional over-reach end, Malaysians have to ask? Will this Agong attempt to restrict the once sovereign Parliament to a subservient budget-stamping affair sitting barely once a year, like some autocratic Middle Eastern Monarchy – or did that just already happen?
He has already ensured the appointment of his non-elected personal pal to be the Finance Minister and slotted a puppet rebel from his brother in law’s circle of influence to be PM8. So is this latest smug and totally unprecedented ‘message of gracious thanks’ from the Palace to MPs for doing his bidding, instead of voting according to their conscience, designed to confirm and impress upon the whole country who now calls the shots?
If so, decades of respect built up through the careful conduct of the previous constitutional monarchs of Malaysia will be squandered by a power-grab and over-reach that can no longer be ignored.
Back in March, London’s Guardian newspaper described the establishment of this present backdoor government as the product of a ‘Royal Coup’. Little has happened since that would serve to change that assessment – it has just become all the more apparent.
A forest reserve in Perak, which is part of a key wildlife corridor in Peninsular Malaysia, is now being threatened by plans to develop monoculture farming there.
Last week, Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said three companies had received permits to develop 400 hectares in the Piah Forest Reserve, pending environmental impact assessments.
Environmental group Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) said monoculture farming will be yet another blow to the forest reserve in Lenggong which has already been ravaged by mining and logging activities.
The permits have been issued despite the reserve being part of the Central Forest Spine – a network of four main forest complexes which supplies 80 percent of the water supply in Malaysia and is a habitat to various endangered wildlife such as the Malayan tiger.
As most people know greed is short-sighted, narrow-minded, the source of much poverty and sooner or later destroys itself.
In the case of this mindless assault on Malaysia’s fragile remaining wildernesses it is clear that SOMEBODY has decided that filling a few pockets, of which theirs will most definitely be one, is more important than preserving the health of the country’s landscape for everyone else and for future generations.
There is no other good reason for destroying the last vestiges of the country’s seed-bank of its rich and varied wildlife – its flora and fauna, and its crucial reservoirs. Likewise, for destroying the livelihoods of those who have lived harmoniously within the same environment for years, the Orang Asli whom the Perak MB seeks to blame for their own suffering from the destructive logging in the state.
The potential of these remaining natural areas to provide the keys to future prosperity and scientific discovery are of paramount importance to the nation.
However, SOMEBODY wants another condo with gold taps, a new sports mobile, a fancy Swiss watch and probably has foreign school fees to pay and their eye on a Knightsbridge mansion flat as well. They also want to eat till they succumb to Type 2 diabetes and to sign off having to do any further work at all.
That SOMEBODY will have been involved in the key decision-making with regard to these otherwise senseless and destructive licences, which will finally destroy a natural park of immense importance, hastily handed out under the cover of Covid to crony licensees without proper public scrutiny or tender.
They are likely to be seeking to take advantage of the Coup Coalition’s continuing grasp on power to push such land grabs through.
The people of Perak need merely identify who was responsible for these decisions (and who have ‘joint venture’ arrangements with the licensees) to work out whose greed is ultimately responsible for this corrupt raid on the wellbeing of the wider nation.
Malaysia should be able to do better than this.
The huge allocations in the Budget running into billions will not reach the poor Malays though they were intended for them; the elite will siphon off much of it. More than 46 years of seemingly active and aggressive effort and endeavour since 1974 to lift the poor, rural Malays had failed miserably, simply because much of the aid didn’t reach them but went into the pockets of greedy politicians. This so-called approach to uplift the poor Malays has failed miserably and only created hundreds of Malay millionaires who are politicians.
The Malays are allocated RM11.1 bn for “bumiputera development”, compared to RM100m for the Indian community’s socioeconomic development… The RM100m allocation for the Indian community works out to RM50 per person per year, or RM4 per month or a miserable 14 sen per day!
The estimated 7.4 million Chinese are treated no better. They are provided RM177m. A simple calculation reveals the miserly sum the Chinese are entitled to under the Budget: RM24 per person per year; RM2 per month or 7 sen per day!..
A third group of people – the most exploited in their country of origin – are the Orang Asli, the most dispossessed and deprived of all citizens of Malaysia. They do not receive what they are entitled to as the original people of Malaya. It is to our utter shame that they continue to be exploited, neglected and marginalised.
Anyone with a Malaysian passport is allowed Malaysian citizenship only. Yet the present government blatantly admits its determination to discriminate based on a budget that sets out to define citizens not by need or contribution, but merely according to ethnicity.
It then seeks to create a caste system based on that ethnicity to benefit those born within one group of Malaysians over those born within another. Non Malays have only one country to call their own, but they are hereby categorised as second class.
In a modern and supposedly democratic country it is shameful, backward and astonishing that a budget should seek to hand out wealth in such a deliberate and discriminatory manner based on race with one community favoured exponentially above all others. No wonder Malaysia has been exposed as the second most racist country in the world in a recent perception index.
The ultimate irony, as this article points out, is that the favouring of Malays appears based on a concept of them being ‘original’ inhabitants as opposed to ‘immigrants’. Whereas, in fact, the original Orang Asli remain the most discriminated against group of all the races in Malaysia, just as their final territories are being wrenched away by greedy business interests who are hoovering up the country’s remaining resources.
It is the deeply impoverished Orang Asli who need most but gain least from this overtly and shamefully racist budget, concocted by a handful of corrupt Malay power-mongers in order to curry favour with that community whilst at the same time channelling the actual benefits into their own pockets.
Experience tells us the majority of Malays will end up with precious little, just like everybody else, from these handouts, despite the claims that they will be privileged by this toxic budget.