Call on IGP to re-open investigations into the murder of AmBank founder Hussein Najadi in broad daylight in centre of Kuala Lumpur on 29th July 2013 to ascertain whether it had any links with 1MDB scandal

The situation faced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his government today is best described by the Chinese expression “草木皆兵” – which literally means “every bush and tree looks like an enemy soldier” where the Najib Government is so nervous, suspicious, insecure and panicky about its position that it is virtually “jumping at shadows”.

This is the reason for the Najib government’s foolish and myopic decision to sabotage and frustrate the holding of a meeting of progressive MPs and NGO representatives on the grave Wall Street Journal (WSJ) allegation against Najib for Prime Ministerial misconduct and the criminal offence of embezzlement, by refusing MPs the use of Bilik Taklimat and reneging on the Parliamentary administration’s earlier agreement for the use of the meeting room for the occasion.

As a result, progressive MPs and NGO representatives have to hold their meeting at the Parliament square, sitting on the ground – unheard of for the Malaysian Parliament as well as commonwealth and global Parliaments.

Why is the Najib administration so jumpy and panicky about the meeting of progressive MPs and NGO representatives on the WSJ allegation and Najib’s future that MPs have been locked out of Parliament Bilik Taklimat and forced to meet in the open at the Parliament square? What has the Najib government got to hide and to be so panicky about!

This is the fifth day of the grave WSJ allegation of Prime Ministerial misconduct in committing the criminal offence of embezzlement in its report last Friday that Malaysian investigators have found almost US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) of 1MDB’s funds deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts, and Najib’s failure to categorically deny the WSJ allegation.

Malaysians are all asking why Najib finds it so coy or difficult to put to rest once and for all the WSJ allegation of Prime Ministerial misconduct and the grave offence of embezzlement, when all he needs to do is to categorically deny that he ever had personal accounts in his name in AmBank or that some US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) had been deposited into his bank accounts in 2013.

Najib went round the whole world, declaring that he would never “betray the trust of the people” and that he had never “taken” public funds for personal gain, but he had scrupulously and studiously avoided the question for the fifth day whether he has or ever had personal accounts in AmBank which received deposits of some US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) in 2013!

Najib is still considering whether to sue WSJ and had referred to his lawyers who will advise him on the next course of action in the next few days.

This is also most extraordinary. If Najib had been defamed by the WSJ report, he would immediately instruct his lawyers to institute legal proceedings instead of seeking legal advice. What legal advice does Najib want, unless there is room for dispute whether the WSJ report had actually defamed him or not!

Many proposals had been made to get to the bottom of the WSJ report and allegation, including calls for Royal Commission of Inquiry.

I am agreeable with the proposal for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the WSJ allegation, and it would be a great idea if such a RCI is chaired by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir – for it would be one great demonstration by Najib that he has nothing to hide in the long drawn-out 1MDB scandal and that he has done no wrong.

We should give the RCI under Mahathir three months to complete its report and during this three-month period, Najib should go on leave as Prime Minister.

I am mystified by Ministerial calls for action to be taken against WSJ on the ground that it had made a most heinous and baseless allegation against the Prime Minister, when it is very clear that the WSJ report had been based on the government probe by the quartet of investigating authorities, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) on the 1MDB.

No less a person than the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail had publicly admitted that the government probe had produced documents about the deposit of US$700 million into the Prime Minister’s personal banking accounts, as reported by WSJ.

As a result, any questioning of the WSJ report would be a questioning of the government’s own probe into the 1MDB by the special task force comprising BNM, MACC, RMP and AGC. How could this be?

If the WSJ allegation is based on the government’s probe by the four investigative agencies, then the next step is for the Attorney-General to charge and prosecute the Prime Minister for committing an offence in Malaysia.

But can the AG charge the PM in Malaysia or the PM will sack the AG first?

Despite incessant and increasingly ferocious attacks by Ministers and Umno/BN political leaders, WSJ has insisted that its Friday report on Najib’s personal bank accounts were based on “solid” and “reliable” documents known to top government officials, including the Prime Minister himself and the Attorney-General.

A WSJ spokesman said it does not know “where the money went” as “Basically, the trail we have ends at the bank account that has the Prime Minister’s name on it.

In this connection, I call on the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to re-open investigations into the murder of founder of AmBank, Hussein Ahmad Najadi who was shot dead in broad daylight in the centre of Kuala Lumpur in Lorong Ceylon in Bukit Bintang on July 29, 2013 to ascertain whether the murder had any links with the 1MDB scandal.

The Police should investigate whether it is true that in March 2013, Hussein had reported to Bank Negara about significant amounts of money deposited into Najib’s personal accounts and subsequently about withdrawal of significant amounts of money from these bank accounts; and that Hussein lodged a police report on the above matters on 28th July 2013 when no actions were taken by Bank Negara.

The 75-year-old Hussain was shot dead in a car park in Kuala Lumpur on 29th July 23, 2013.

Today, we see a gathering of MPs from different opposition parties, but this is not a Pakatan Rakyat meeting as Pakatan Rakyat has already died, but a meeting of progressive MPs, together with NGO representatives, to put our heads together to consider the road ahead for the country in the wake of explosive corruption allegations in WSJ and from the government’s own probe into 1MDB.

I had hoped that there would also be progressive UMNO MPs at this meeting, as I do not believe that there are no progressive UMNO MPs who are not equally disgusted with the rampant corruption, abuses of power and injustices blighting the country.

The time has come for Malaysians to look into the future and conceive of a nation where the top priority agenda must be good governance in the country, where corruption and abuses of power are eradicated and all Malaysians assured of good jobs, a prosperous economy, good schools, hospitals, infrastructure as well as safe and secure environment and a fair and just government.

(Speech at the meeting of progressive MPs and NGO representatives at Parliament Square on Wall Street Journal’s embezzlement allegation against Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 at 12.30 pm)

  1. #1 by homeblogger on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 7:01 pm

    ooooo…. I am beside myself with excitement! I go to sleep so eager for the next morning when we get to see the noose tighten around Ah Jib Gor… Yes, we can see the light at the end of 50 years of BN/UMNO tyranny… come next GE, there will be NO MORE billions of 1MDB money to buy votes. It will still be tough though, because remember PAS the betrayer still has control of the rural rakyat who believe in the ULARma, but we WILL prevail and we WILL triumph!!!

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 9:08 pm

    The bank accounts are real which means its unlikely the amounts mentioned by WSJ are not real either..YET Najib when to Terengganu and declared “Saya tidak akan khianati rakyat and negara” – targetted at a particular audience especially PAS voters suspiciously like thumbing his nose at everyone else..

    The real question is how far will Najib go to keep his job? Will he condemn the country and us to Islamic statism for his own selfishness? For that matter, after this, can any leader in UMNO/BN stay without doing a deal with Hadi?

  3. #3 by good coolie on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 9:25 pm

    As I understand it, N has not denied that the moneys were deposited in his account. His contention is i) that he would never betray the country’s trust (something like that); ii) he has never used it for his personal benefit. But remember the UMNO Lama stalwart who when charged with misappropriation of boxing-match funds, said, “I did it for UMNO.”

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 9:52 pm

    一失足成千古恨 – One misstep brings everlasting grief.

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 10:11 pm

    NO issue 1 lar
    At d critical moment, just go 2 d mosque n SWEAR “I M innocent, NO do all things accused by others” – OK 1 what
    No hudud laws, NO worry fingers all will kena chop, chop

    Honestly, NO know Y so much excitement generated over such a small sum of US$700 million (RM2.6 billion)
    Much bigger sum walloped in d history of 1M’sia what, go n check d facts lar

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 10:16 pm

    UmnoB/BN kaki: Aiyah, those WSJ kaki saw confidential official documents but did not keep their mouths SHUT
    So silly 1, wait till they come 2 1M’sia, will charge n lock up them under OSA

  7. #7 by passerby on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 10:58 pm

    Don’t forget to ask ah jib about the murders of Altantuya and Teoh Beng Hock also. We must not let these innocent people die for nothing.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 11:29 pm

    Funny, Y AmIslamic Bank Bhd?
    Y not CIMB Bank? Abang adik mah

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 11:42 pm

    WAH, another murder linked 2 ………..
    Veri exciting joining all d DOTS 2 C d big fat picture 1
    Certainly Hollywood or Bollywood stuff
    Later, sure can make a veri sekciting MOVIE – power, lust, corruption, $$$, seks, murders, daily prayers, etc
    Veri sure step son n his big fat fren fr an island will finance n produce d hot movie

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 12:58 am

    YB don’t go the direction of your enquiry.In 1982, Najadi sold his equity stake in Arab Malaysian Development Bank that he founded to Tan Sri Azman Hashim, who subsequently renamed it AmBank. Since then he had not involved himself in affairs of that bank much less to know anything (under our banking secrecy rules) about or to report to BNM of any significant amounts of money deposited or withdrawn from this bank. This suggests the link between WSJ expose and his murder is purely speculative without basis other than being fueled by (1) the fact that the master mind who ordered the hit was not publicly discovered and (2) his son Pascal coincidentally wrote a piece critical of the implications of WSJ’s expose and how ironically it involved that bank. (1) & (2) don’t suggest the link based on speculation that Najadi made report to BNM.

  11. #11 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 1:14 am

    Pascal in his piece “Quo Vadis Malaysia” said “the investigation and police work on finding the masterminds stopped long time ago back in 2013.” He might be right about that. He couldn’t understand why. If true its something to do with corruption on why no further investigation to protect some wrong doer. Thats as far as the speculation can reasonably advance. To go further to say its linked to what WSJ is baseless speculation. There is no evidence that Najadi made any reports to BNM. Nothing in what Pascal wrote suggested he implied this link.

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 1:32 am

    I would add in passing that the idea of a RCI chaired by Dr Mahathir is not that great because he is the chief protagonist and accuser and for conflicts of interesons reasons cannot be perceived to possess the neutrality or objectivity to act as judge whilst being an accuser at the same time.

  13. #13 by pulau_sibu on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 9:58 am

    i am very surprised that tun is still alive (and not yet murdered)

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