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I fully support UMNO veterans who declare that it is treason to defend Jho Low who had caused Malaysia to be scorned worldwide as a global kleptocracy

I fully support UMNO veterans who declare that it is treason to defend 1MDB scandal mastermind Jho Low who had caused Malaysia to be scorned worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

The question is whether the Prime Minister and UMNO President Datuk Seri Najib Razak support this view.

Recently, we have the Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Salleh Said Keruak who said that there is no evidence the billion-ringgit luxury superyacht Equanimity seized by the Indonesian authorities in Bali recently is owned by Jho Low and the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Fuzi Harun who made an even more startling statement that there is “nothing to link Jho Low with IMDB”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Najib back out of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit as he is again dogged by the 3Is – infamy, ignominy and iniquity – 1MDB scandal and Malaysia as a global kleptocracy

Will the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak back out of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney this weekend as he is again dogged by the 3Is – infamy, ignominy and iniquity – of the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal and Malaysia as a global kleptocracy?

Although the Swiss Parliament yesterday rejected the motion seeking the repatriation of the Swiss government’s seizure of some RM430 million of 1MDB-embezzled funds from Swiss banks to the people of Malaysia, Najib and the Malaysian Government have not come out of the Swiss Parliamentary motion and scrutiny smelling like roses.

The Swiss motion by Swiss Social Democratic Party (SP) MP, Carlo Sommaruga was defeated by 138 votes against it and 53 vote for it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Malaysia destined for “greatness” under Najib’s premiership – to be regarded worldwide as a global double kleptocracy?

Is Malaysia destined for “greatness” under the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to be regarded worldwide as a global double kleptocracy?

Yesterday, the DAP MP for Taiping, Nga Kor Ming, offered Najib free legal services to sue international news weekly, the Economist, for its 8th March, 2018 article: “Stop, thief! Malaysia’s PM is about to steal an election”.

I fully endorse this offer of free legal services from DAP, and Najib can choose anyone of the following nine DAP lawyer-MPs to defend his reputation and that of the nation – Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Nga Kor Ming (Taiping), Ngeh Koo Ham (Beruas), M. Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), Lim Lip Eng (Segambut), Thomas Su (Ipoh Timur), Teo Nie Ching (Kulai), Ramkarpal Singh (Bukit Gelugor), Chong Chieng Jen (Bandar Kuching).

But it is almost a full week, and there has been thunderous silence from Najib, with no response whatsoever from Najib on the Economist’s article calling him a thief who is to steal the 14th General Election – or the MSNBC television host Rachel Maddow who called Najib a thief in the Rachel Maddow Show programme on March 9 because of the international multi-billion 1MDB money-laundering scandal.

Is Malaysia set under Najib as Prime Minister to be known worldwide not only as a global kleptocracy, but a global double kleptocracy? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ministers who agree with Nazri and find it easy to defend Najib on the 1MDB scandal because Najib is innocent of all allegations made against him please put up your hand!

The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is the latest addition to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s growing band of 1MDB court jesters.

Nazri made quite a fantastic statement in his exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, declaring that it is not difficult to defend his “boss”, as Najib is innocent of all the allegations against him with regard to the 1MDB scandal.

I get the impression that Nazri is the only Minister who feels that it is easy to defend the Prime Minister over the 1MDB scandal on the ground the Najib is innocent of all the allegations against him.

We have had a Minister, one who had been named Cabinet spokesman for 1MDB in 2015, who fell ill because of the mental agony he had to go through to defend the 1MDB scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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1MDB scandal should be on agenda of ASEAN Summit in Sydney next weekend to discuss how 30 million Malaysians could get justice from the world’s worst kleptocracy

Yesterday, the world learn about the banker son of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Alex, becoming one of scores of international victims of 1MDB scandal.

But even more important than the international victims of the 1MDB scandal, which are not confined to individuals but also banks and financial companies – are the 30 million Malaysians who are directly the victims of the 1MDB scandal.

What is being done to give justice to the 30 million Malaysians?

Alex was sidelined from his executive position at Goldman Sachs after acting as a whistle-blower on allegedly shady deals involving billions between the global investment bank and the Malaysian state investor, 1MDB.

In 2012 and 2013, while Alex was working at Goldman Sachs in Singapore, the bank raised US$6 billion (RM24 billion) in bonds for 1MDB, in deals organised by senior banker Tim Leissner.

The bank earned US$590 million in fees and commissions from the 1MDB deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysian Parliament confirmed as Parliament of a global kleptocracy as Parliament not prepared to do anything to challenge, purge and cleanse Malaysia of the ignominy, infamy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy

The first working sitting of the sixth meeting of the 13th Parliament has confirmed that the Malaysian Parliament has become a Parliament of a global kleptocracy as Parliament is not prepared to do anything to challenge, purge and cleanse Malaysia of the ignominy, infamy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy for over three years.

Coming at a time when the 1MDB scandal had been delivering bad news by the lorrylooads to Malaysia’s repute and standing, the failure of the Malaysian Parliament to protect the reputation of Malaysia and rebut without equivocation the epithet of Malaysia as a global kleptocracy will go down in history as the most shameful episode of Malaysian Parliament since Merdeka in 1957. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib should end his “smoke and mirrors” game and announce formation of Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 1MDB scandal chaired by Tun Mahathir in King’s policy speech at the official opening of Parliament tomorrow

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, should end his “smoke and mirrors” game in the past few years, undermining the doctrine of separation of powers of the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary, and announce in the King’s government policy speech at the official opening of Parliament tomorrow the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 1MDB scandal which had given Malaysia the ignominy, infamy and iniquity of a global kleptoracy.

And to demonstrate to Malaysians and the world that the Malaysian Prime Minister has nothing to hide, that he is aboveboard and beyond reproach in the morass of 1MDB international money-laundering scandal, which had been described by the US Attorney-General as the world’s “worst kleptocracy”, and that he is open to investiglation by anyone, let him announce that the RCI into the 1MDB scandal would be headed by his new nemesis Tun Mahathir, and comprising Commissioners half of which would be nominated by Pakatan Harapan. Read the rest of this entry »

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1MDB literally “raining cats and dogs” worldwide for Najib

The international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal has literally been “raining cats and dogs” worldwide for the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Malaysian government since the seizure of the Bombadier jet in Singapore early February culminating in the seizure of Equanimity luxury super-yacht in Indonesia and in a CNBC special programme on “What happened to Malaysia’s 1MDB money” in the United States on March 1.

Najib must be very disappointed that he could not dictate international developments and world media coverage of the 1MDB scandal that he seemed able to do within the four corners of Malaysia, like the blacking out of news about the seizure of the billion-ringgit luxury superyacht in Bali by the Indonesian authorities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on all MPs to demand in the policy debate next week that the Malaysian Government should lay a strong claim on behalf of Malaysian people to the RM400 million 1MDB-related funds in Swiss banks and the billion-ringgit Equanimity Luxury Yacht seized by Indonesia, the RM120 million Bombardier Jet seized by Singapore and the RM120 million pink diamond necklace as they are all purchased from 1MDB-linked funds

I call on all MPs, whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan, should take an united common stand in the policy debate in the Motion of Thanks for the Yang di Pertuan Agong for this policy address to demand that the Malaysian Government should lay a strong claim on behalf of the Malaysian people to the RM400 million 1MDB-related funds in Swiss banks as well as the billion-ringgit Equanimity luxury yacht seized by the Indonesian authorities yesterday, the RM120 million Bombadier jet seized by the Singapore authorities in early February and the RM120 million pink diamond necklace as they were all purchased from 1MDB-linked funds.

We are living in the era of fake news, alternative facts and post-truths where the Malaysian Government under the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is doing its utmost to convince Malaysians that the 1MDB scandal, openly described by the US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions as the world’s worst kleptocracy, does not exist and is nothing but “fake news”.

This is the reason for the Malaysian government’s inaction over the RM400 million in 1MDB-related funds seized by the Swiss government, with the Swiss press reporting that the Swiss government is looking to pocket CHF95 million (RM400 million) from 1MDB-linked funds from several banks in Switzerland.

This is also the reason for the extraordinary reaction of the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali, who said that the government would not claim 1MDB mastermind Jho Low’s luxury yacht that was seized by Indonesian authorities in a joint effort with US Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib did himself a great disservice and dishonor in canvassing a ludicrous and half-baked political theory about two scenarios if Pakatan Harapan wins in 14GE when in the last 48 hours he strenuously avoided the one subject all Malaysians were waiting to hear from him

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has done himself a great disservice and dishonor in canvassing a ludicrous and half-baked political theory about two scenarios if Pakatan Harapan wins in 14GE when in the last 48 hours, he had been strenuously avoiding the one subject all Malaysians were waiting to hear from him.

I describe Najib’s “two scenarios if Pakatan Harapan wins” as ludicrous and half-baked because both these scenarios will not eventuate.
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Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low, MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad and the 20-odd members of the five bodies which monitor the MACC should collectively resign over their dismal failure highlighted by TI CPI 2017 which saw Malaysia plunge to lowest TI CPI ranking in 23 years – 62 out of 180 countries with TPI score of 47/100

What balderdash!

This is the only proper reaction to the ridiculous claim by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Pau Low, that the string of high-profile arrests over the past year is the likely cause for Malaysia’s drop in rankings on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

This is totally contradictory to the assessment by the Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) President, Datuk Akhbar Satar that Malaysia’s TI CPI ranking would have gone lower below No. 62 out of 180 countries “if not because of the MACC aggressiveness in conducting investigation and making arrests to deter corruption in the country”.

The Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad came out from “hiding” to say he was “shocked” by the results because it did not reflect MACC’s aggressive approach towards combatting graft.

I am shocked that Dzulkifli is shocked by the TI CPI 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians wake up today to shame and infamy for Malaysia has sunk lowest in 23 years in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2017 – at which rate, China and Indonesia will overtake Malaysia in eight and 14 years’ time respectively

Transparency International

Malaysians wake up today in shame for in the world release of Transparency International (TI) annual scorecard of Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in the early hours this morning, Malaysia has reached the lowest ranking in 23 years – No. 62 out of 180 countries.

The history of the 23-year annual Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 1995-2017 shows that Malaysia had stagnated and even regressed in integrity and principles of accountability and good governance in the past two decades as compared to some countries, like China and Indonesia, which had made significant improvements with steady strides.

In the first year of TI CPI in 1995, which listed only 41 countries, Malaysia was ranked in the middling position of No. 23 with a score above the midpoint – i.e. 5.28 in a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean).
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Najib arming himself with two new weapons for the 14th General Elections

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is arming himself with two new weapons for the 14th General Elections – fake news and corruption.

Najib and the UMNO/Barisan Nasional coalition are the worst culprits in concocting and peddling fake news and false information, but the UMNO/BN strategists and propagandists want to weaponise the fake news issues with new legislation and mechanism purportedly to combat fake news, but whose real purpose is to harass and persecute Pakatan Harapan leaders and supporters over fake news allegations while giving the UMNO/BN leaders and supporters immunity and impunity for the fake news they concoct and disseminate against Pakatan Harapan. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Pakatan Harapan Government in Putrajaya will draft and implement a National Integrity Masterplan with civil society to ensure that Malaysia will be one of the leading nations in Asia for integrity, good governance and fight against corruption instead of becoming a global kleptocracy

Tomorrow Transparency International (TI) will release its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017, an event all Malaysians dread for Malaysia had been sliding down both in ranking and score in the last two decades since TI’s introduction of the annual CPI in 1995.

There are no signs in the past year that there is the political will to fight corruption, particularly grand corruption, in Malaysia, as represented by the continued government clamp-down of reports and denial of the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal, which has given Malaysia the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad has recently disappeared from public view, which is an indication of the parlous state of anti-corruption battle in Malaysia.

Equally conspicuous is the inability of the MACC to explain why Malaysia has become a global kleptocracy and what the MACC is doing to cleanse or purge Malaysia of this international infamy and ignomy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament next month must address the nation’s infamy and ignominy as a “global kleptocracy” and cannot continue to pretend that the 1MDB scandal does not exist

Parliament next month must address the nation’s infamy and ignominy as a “global kleptocracy” as Members of Parliament, regardless of political party, cannot continue to pretend that the 1MDB scandal does not exist.

Parliament is entitled to a full explanation from the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as to why the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has fallen from his predecessor Tun Abdullah Badawi’s promise that it will be Malaysia’s ICAC (Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption) as it has instead become a new laughing stock of the world as a blatant political pawn to harass the Prime Minister’s critics and opponents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Only a change of Federal Government in Putrajaya can Malaysia stop the tide of corruption in Malaysia

In South Africa, 56 million people in the world’s 24th most populous nation are waiting for a new dawn after the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma as South African President after a tenure marked by corruption scandals.

The new President, Cyril Ramaphosa in his first state of the nation address on Friday, said it’s time for South Africans to put discord behind them and that the country will “turn the tide” on corruption in state institutions.

Time will tell whether Ramaphosa can fulfil his promise to end systematic corruption, the alarming economic decline and a steady descent into deep state dysfunction and demonstrate South Africa’s legendary capacity to pull off a comeback at five minutes to midnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Challenge to Najib to issue White Paper to enumerate the 1MDB allegations which PAC, Police, MACC and Bank Negara had cleared him!

It is not just AMANAH Youth Deputy Chief Faiz Faisal who is shocked by the Court of Appeal decision that it has taken judicial notice that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had been cleared by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), police, MACC and Bank Negara with regard to allegations on the 1MDB scandal.

All right-thinking and fair-minded Malaysians are also shocked, particularly by the claim that the PAC, the Police, the MACC and Bank Negara have cleared Najib of the allegations on the 1MDB scandal.

As a Member of Parliament, I am utterly shocked by such a “judicial notice”. How can the courts give “judicial notice” to things that don’t exist? Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Malaysia join the ranks of South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Pakistan whose leaders are jailed for corruption after they have fallen from power?

Last Wednesday’s conviction and 30-month jail sentence passed on PKR Vice President and MP for Pandan, Rafizi Ramli and former Public Bank clerk Johari Mohamad have brought back to the national limelight one of the host of financial scandals in Malaysia which the authorities had hoped had been successfully been swept under the carpet – the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) cow-and-condo scandal.

As a result, the RM250 million NFC cow-and-condo scandal, together with Rafizi’s conviction and jail sentence, will take their rightful place together with other financial scandals, like the world-trotting 1MDB financial scandal, the MARA, FELDA, Tabung Haji and other financial scandals, in the forefront of issues in the forthcoming 14th General Election to be held within the next 90 days. Read the rest of this entry »

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If Najib is genuine in wanting a progressive Malaysia, then he should do two things immediately: ensure Rafizi does not go to jail or disqualified as MP for doing a national service in exposing the RM250 million NFC scandal and cleanse Malaysia of international obloquy of a global kleptocracy

If the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is genuine in wanting a progressive Malaysia, then let him do two things immediately:

(i) Ensure that PKR Vice President and MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli is not jailed or disqualified as a Member of Parliament for doing a national service for exposing the RM250 million National Feedlot Corportion (NFC) scandal; and

(ii) Cleanse Malaysia of the international obloquy of being a global kleptocracy in the past three years, and clean up the Augean stable of corruption affecting Felda, MARA, Tabung Haji and other government outfits.

In his pre-election visit to northern Johore today, Najib

reminded the people, particularly Felda settlers, to always embrace the BN and Umno struggle to ensure that the country remained progressive.

My first reaction was whether Najib was joking, as under Najib Malaysia had gone backwards and become very regressive, whether political, economic, educational, social or nation-building, and not moved forward to become more progressive, open-minded and accountable.

This is why the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal has become “fake news” to Putrajaya and swept under the humongous “carpet” in Malaysia.

Najib has achieved what five former Prime Ministers in more than half a century had failed to do – made the stratospheric ascent to become known as a global kleptocracy, with all the infamy and ignominy of the appellation.

This is very sad, as yesterday as the birthday anniversary of Bapa Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman who, like Datuk Onn, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and I believe Tun Abdullah, would never have conceived that Malaysia would suffer the shame and humiliation of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

Furthermore, never before in Malaysian history have so many people’s representatives whether Members of Parliament or State Assembly members been harassed and hounded, including being selectively prosecuted in the courts under the variety of repressive and undemocratic laws to take away their liberties as well as to remove them from the legislative chambers in the land.

Even 93-year-old Tun Siti Hasmah, wife of former premier Tun Mahathir, was not spared.

I fully agree with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the sentencing of Rafizi Ramli to 30 months’ jail for blowing the whistle on the NFC scandal shows the country needs to change its leadership, as the present nation-building trajectory can only lead to a regressive, failed and rogue state and not a progressive, prosperous and united Malaysia.

(Media Statement in Gelang Patah on Friday, 9th February 2018)

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Appointment of retired Brigadier General Mohamad Arshad Raji as honorary MACC advisor?

The President of Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan, retired Brigadier General Mohamad Arshad Raji has rightly questioned why the authorities have yet to take action on reports that Majilis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) had purchased a block of apartments in Melbourne, Australia at an inflated price.

Mohamad Arshad said: “Four days have passed (since the news report), and not a squeak is heard from those in authority.

“Why the eerie silence on this alleged scandal? Where is the accountability?” Read the rest of this entry »

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