Malaysia has become a most abnormal country out of sync with both national and international aspirations, trends and developments.
The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s RM55 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion twin mega scandals have become the top daily conversational topic of 30 million Malaysians in the warongs and coffee shops, but Members of Parliament cannot ask questions or get answers from Ministers on Najib’s twin mega scandals.
Najib’s twin mega scandals have also become the staple of international news.
Earlier tonight, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in its 45-minute “Four Corners” documentary, “State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia”, revisited Najib’s twin mega scandals.
The ABC documentary reported on the extraordinary flow of funds into Najib’s personal banking accounts in AmBank between 2011 and 2014.
Among others, US$75 million (RM301 million in today’s exchange rates) purportedly came from a Saudi prince, while another US$80 million (RM321 million) came from the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance.
A further US$120 million (RM482 million) supposedly came from an unnamed British Virgin Islands shell company. All three transactions were reportedly made by June 26, 2012.
The documentary also listed two transactions in March 2013 that supposedly came from another BVI company, totalling US$681 million. This is the often-reported RM2.6 billion political donation.
The total received by Najib, according to the documentary, was US$1.03 billion (RM4.14 billion) by April 10, 2013 – just over a month prior to the 13th general election.
The documentary claimed that Banki Negara was told at least three times about the enormous deposits into Najib’s personal banking accounts and that senior AmBank officials visited the Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Aziz to warn her about Najib’s personal accounts way back in Sept 2012, that the report was marked “highly sensitive” which revealed that almost USD300 million had already flowed into his accounts from several mysterious donors overseas. Zeti merely thanked them for their report and handed it back.
Is this ABC documentary correct that AmBank senior officials had visited the Bank Negara Governor to warn her about the enormous flow of funds into Najib’s personal banking accounts?
The ABC documentary noted that the government had said two of Najib’s bank accounts at AmBank had been closed, but more accounts had been opened since.
Four Corners established that three new accounts were opened in the Prime Minister’s name, and “the money just kept on pouring in”.
It said: “In June 2014 for example, the bank was notified of another £50 million (RM285 million) that was being wired to the prime minister’s name.
“There were also a series of cash deposits that raised money laundering alerts, here, inside the bank (AmBank)”.
Malaysians are entitled to “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” and not snippets of information from a foreign broadcasting documentary.
If what the ABC Four Corners documentary claims is not true, is Najib going to sue the ABC to clear his name and that of the country or is there going to be a repeat of the Wall Street Journal episode which reported on the RM2.6 billion donations deposited into Najib’s accounts in early July last year, with Najib threatening to sue but which never materialized in the past eight months?
Despite herculean efforts to sweep Najib’s twin mega scandals under the carpet, as virtually banning discussion of these scandals in Parliament, there is instead increasing national and international attention on the scandals, which explains the intense and systematic attack on DAP leaders and in particular on the DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, in the past 10 days accusing him of corruption in his RM2.8 million bungalow purchase and the campaign of lies and falsehoods on issues unrelated to Guan Eng’s bungalow purchase.
Will Guan Eng be arrested and charged for corruption in connection with his bungalow purchase to deflect growing national and international attention on Najib’s RM55 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion “donation” twin mega scandals?
(Speech at the Pakatan Harapan ceramah for national launch of “Muafakat Selamatkan Malaysia” campaign at Padang MPAJ, Pandan Indah on Monday, 28th March 2016 at 11 pm)