Archive for June 19th, 2017

Why are the reactions of Najib crowd jitterier and more hysterical than during the initial US DOJ kleptocratic forfeiture suit some eleven months ago?

I have been wondering why the reactions of the Najib crowd have been jitterier and more hysterical than during the initial United States Department of Justice (DOJ) kleptocratic forfeiture suit of 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland some eleven months ago!

There have already been two rounds of counter-offensives in defence of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his government in the past three days in response to the updated and expanded DOJ kleptocratic suit in California on Thursday.

There was firstly the initial response within hours by the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali misleading the Malaysian public that there was nothing new while expressing regret at the “insinuations” against the Prime Minister in the DOJ’s latest 1MDB forfeiture suit, followed by four inane statements, viz:

— the first by the Minister for Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak muttering about “treason”;

— the second by Najib’s press secretary, Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad suggesting “domestic political manipulation and interference” as well as a “motivation that goes beyond the objective of seizing assets”;

— the third one by the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein playing the diversion game by claiming that the latest US DOJ filing “would divert attention from a bigger agenda”; and

— the fourth one from 1MDB itself that there is no proof to back the DOJ allegations on misappropriation of 1MDB-linked funds. Read the rest of this entry »


Call for a month of moratorium by Pakatan Harapan leaders from PKR, Bersatu, Amanah and DAP to avoid negative statements and background briefings which could be exploited to Pakatan Harapan’s detriment and to focus externally on positive and offensive developments

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in his statement on Saturday evening withdrawing as Prime Minister candidate for Pakatan Harapan, called for a single-minded focus on the coming general election over all other issues.

In the past few months, there have been too many negative news, reports and background write-ups about Pakatan Harapan reinforcing the malaise of public disappointment and disenchantment about the possibility of political and electoral change – after the failure in the 13th General Election to bring about a national change of government despite the support of the majority of popular vote in Malaysia!

The Pakatan Harapan parties and leaders must re-ignite the hopes and dreams of Malaysians for electoral and political change in the next general election, which is likely to be held next year although we cannot completely rule out the possibility of polls in the last quarter of this year. Read the rest of this entry »


The Legacy of Tun Razak’s Oldest Son

M. Bakri Musa
19th June 2017

The dismissive attitude of Malaysian officials to the latest US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil forfeiture lawsuit targeting expensive assets allegedly acquired with funds illicitly siphoned from 1MDB is misplaced. Their stance is an embarrassing display of gross ignorance.

Yes, civil lawsuits in America are as common as mushrooms after a rainfall. This DOJ action however, is the largest (in dollar value) such forfeitures to date. This second set of lawsuits targeted assets allegedly given to Hollywood celebrities, as well as to the spouse of “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1). The two categories are separate though the latter believe that she is in the same class as the former.

Najib apologists and enablers never fail to point out with unconcealed smugness that the defendants to the lawsuits are not individuals, specifically Najib or his associates and relatives, rather those assets.

That is right, but such sophistry reveals a fundamental ignorance of the American judicial system. Those targeted assets do not exist in vacuo; someone or somebody owns them. They in effect are the defendants. Read the rest of this entry »