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Since 14GE, there was hardly a day when the 1MDB scandal did not dominate news headlines, very often with multiple items a day

What a far cry from what the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib said in his 2016 New Year Message on Dec. 31, 2015 that his RM50 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion donation twin mega scandals had been resolved and were no more issues.

Since the 14th General Election on May 9,. 2018,, there was hardly a day when the 1MDB scandal did not dominate news headlines, very often with multiple items a day!

Today, for instance, there were four news stories connected to the 1MDB scandal in Malaysiakini, viz: “New Zealand gov’t: Jho Low not given passport”; “Jho Low drops claims to New York’s Park Lane Hotel to facilitate sale”;“1MDB probe to be completed in ‘another month or two’”; and “Najib upset over muted gov’t bench when he talks about 1MDB”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon’s voice mail too little, too late and too paltry – just repay US$600 million to 1MDB to show genuine contrition and take first step back to become a responsible global corporate citizen

Goldman Sachs Group Inc CEO David Solomon’s voice mail to Goldman Sachs employees that “This isn’t us” to distance the mega bank from the multi-billion 1MDB scandal is too late, too little and too paltry, when in July 2016 and later in June 2017 in its expanded and updated kleptocratic litigation to forfeit 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, US Department of Justice (DoJ) had listed the “material misrepresentations and omitted facts” of the three 1MDB bonds arranged by Goldman Sachs in 2012 and 2013 and the almost-instant misappropriation and fraudulent diversion of some 40 per cent each of the three bonds.

The guilty plea of Goldman Sach’s former top banker in Asia, Tim Leissner, to two counts of conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to violate the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the 1MDB scandal has undermined the mega bank’s attempt to wash its hands of responsibility for the 1MDB scandal.

In his guilty plea in a New York district court on August 28, which was unsealed on November 8, Leissner said others at the bank helped him conceal bribes used to retain business in Malaysia.

He said the culture of secrecy at the investment bank led him to conceal wrongdoing from the company’s compliance staff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must always be reminded of the 1MDB scandal and the national catastrophe we avoided by a hair’s breadth six months ago until we have suceeded in redeeming ourselves by transforming Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity

Six months ago, we were rushing headlong in the trajectory towards a rogue democracy, a kakistocracy where a Cabinet Minister could not differentiate between a turtle egg and a chicken egg and where even those with the of IQ of a carrot can hope to get into the Cabinet, and an instant global kleptocracy.

By a hair’s breadth, on May 9, 2018, Malaysians escaped the national catastrophe awating the country if we had continued unchecked towards such a trajectory towards disaster.

Voices are gathering saying that it is time to put the 1MDB scandal behind us now that multiple charges on the 1MDB scandal had been made against various personalities in the courts, including the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, and that the people should leave it to the courts to adjudicate on the matter.

I cannot disagree more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jeff Sessions was fired by Trump as US Attorney-General six months too late to be of any use to Najib to save him from the 1MDB “kleptocracy at its worst” scandal

Jeff Sessions was fired by US President Donald Trump as US Attorney-General six months too late to be of any use to Datuk Seri Najkb Razak to save him from the international 1MDB corruption, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering scandal.

This must be one of Najib’s greatest regrets – to think that he might have salvaged his political life and the Prime Ministership if Jeff Sessions had been sacked very much earlier, as he and his legion of propagandists and cybertroopers would then be able to crow that even President Trump had repudiated Jeff Session’s caustic indictment at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery last December that the 1MDB scandal was “kleptocracy at its worst” and that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) was working to provide justice to the victims!

All these historic “IFs” were of course subject to the greatest “IF” of all, i.e IF Najib had not been thrown out of Putrajaya by the Malaysian electorate in the historic peaceful and democratic transition of power first time in six decades in Malaysia.

All these possibilities, combinations and permutations are now so much water under the bridge, for it is completely unthinkable that under the present circumstances, Trump would even spend a second of his time on the question of how to bail out Najib – although things might have been different IF Najib had won the 14th General Election and remained as Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Najib reply to Utusan Malaysia and every Opposition MP take a stand on the latest Utusan position on Najib when Parliament reconvenes next week

Last Monday, I called on every Opposition Member of Parliament to declare his or her stand during the 2019 Budget debate in Parliament next week whether the 1MDB scandal was a national catastrophe and whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak should be held responsible for Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy or whether all the things said by the Pakatan Harapan government on the 1MDB scandal were lies and slanders.

I suggested that there was no point of UMNO President, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, in speaking although as Parliamentary Opposition Leader he would by convention open up the parliamentary debate on the 2019 Budget on Monday, if he is not prepared to declare his stand whether the 1MDB scandal was a national catastrophe and whether Najib should be held responsible for Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy.

Yesterday, Zahid announced that the Barisan Nasional MPs have decided that instead of the traditional practice of the Parliamentary Opposition Leader opening up the 2019 Budget debate on Monday, the former Umno Youth leader, Khairy Jamaluddin will be the first speaker in the 2019 Budget debate.
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Will Najib explain in Parliament next week why he betrayed UMNO, BN and Malaysia as he did nothing for over three years to purge Malaysia of the infamy of a global kleptocracy as a result of the 1MDB scandal despite US Attorney-General’s condemnation of “kleptocracy at its worst”?

I was in Perth in September and I met Greg Lopez, a research fellow at Murdoch University, who wrote a most prescient article in Forbes in August 2015 entitled “Malaysia’s Prime Minister: A Dead Man Walking?”.

Greg said the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had broken “a cardinal rule in politics” in inadvertently admitting “guilt” when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cleared him of any wrongdoing in accepting the infamous RM2.6 billion “political donation”.

He said Najib’s position was no longer tenable as Malaysians questioned his sincerity and trustworthiness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let every Opposition MP declare his or her stand during the budget debate whether 1MDB scandal was a national catastrophe and whether Najib should be held responsible for Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy

Forme Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a big bang in his political debut on Saturday after his electoral debacle six months ago telling his loyal supporters the fable that UMNO/BN’s defeat in the 14th General Election was due to an uneven playing field marred by lies, slanders and empty promises by Pakatan Harapan and not the 1MDB scandal, which he continued to maintain does not exist.

Najib is perpetrating the 21st century Malaysian version of Emperor Has No Clothes with more lies, slanders and fake news! Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Malaysians want a New Malaysia or return to Najib’s kleptocratic Malaysia?

The 2019 Budget presented by Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng in Parliament on Friday, 2nd November 2018 marks the first phase of the building of a New Malaysia started in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

The building of a New Malaysia, made possible by the courageous efforts Malaysians to re-set nation building policies after six decades, cannot be accomplished in a hundred days or in six months, but will take a decade or two.

All Malaysians must develop a Big Picture and Long-term Vision perspectives. But an important start for the building of a New Malaysia has been made in the past six months, for Malaysia to fulfil the dream to be a top world-class nation leveraging on the values and assets of the diverse races, religions, languages, cultures and civilizations which meet in confluence in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three shocks from the Opposition in Parliament during the 2019 Budget presentation

I was wrong yesterday, I thought there would be an empty seat next to the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, during the presentation of the 2019 Budget in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday as a day earlier, the United States Department of Justice had finally indicted fugitive financier Jho Loh and a former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner had pleaded guilty to 1MDB corruption and money-laundering charges.

Jho Low was charged in the federal court at the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB.

Low and former Goldman Sachs banker Ng Chong Hwa, also known as Roger Ng, were also charged with conspiring to violate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to paying bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can Najib continue to pretend that there is no such thing as the 1MDB scandal after the 1MDB criminal indictments in the US court, with Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner pleading guilty to corruption and money-laundering charges

Can former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continue to pretend that there is no such thing as the 1MDB scandal after the 1MDB criminal charges by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against fugitive financier Jho Low, with former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner pleading guilty to 1MDB corruption and money-laundering charges?

Jho Low was charged in the federal court at the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB.

Low and former Goldman Sachs banker Ng Chong Hwa, also known as Roger Ng, were also charged with conspiring to violate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to paying bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials.

Another former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner had pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiring to launder money and conspiring to violate the FCPA by paying bribes to various Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials, and forfeited US$43.7 million as a result of the crimes.

My first thought at the news in the United States was what would have happened if UMNO/Barisan Nasional had won the 14th General Election and Najib had not been toppled as Prime Minister on May 9, 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did Najib ever cry for Malaysia?

“When the new coalition under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reached 112 seats, we couldn’t help it. Both of us cried.”

This was said by a foreigner, former Swiss banker Xavier Justo when describing in an interview with Star what he and his wife, Laura, felt faraway in Switzerland on the historic night of the 14th Malaysian General Election on May 9, 2018.

The Swiss couple was not the only ones who cried that night.

Many Malaysians, inside and outside the country, cried that night – not out of anger, despair and hopelessness but because of disbelief, relief and hope that there is now a chance to save Malaysia.

These were the true patriots of Malaysia! Read the rest of this entry »

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The ghost of Altantunya will continue to haunt Najib and Malaysia until there is a full and satisfactory investigation as to the motive for the heinous murder of the Mongolian murder and the real murderers brought to justice

When the heinous murder and the mysterious disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul hit the world headlines early this month, the first person I thought of was Altantnya Shaariibuu, who was murdered and whose remains destroyed with C4 explosives in Shah Alam on Oct. 16 twelve years ago.

The ghost of Altantunya Shaariibuu will continue to haunt former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Malaysia until there is a full and satisfactory investigation as to the motive for the heinous murder of the Mongolian murder and the real murders brought to justice.
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Is Najib prepared to spare the country from further pain, agonies and sufferings and come out with a forthright and straightforward admission of his major role in the 1MDB scandal?

The last five days must have been Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s worst five days in his entire life, which collectively should be worse than his darkest day of May 9, 2018 when he was toppled as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia and sent into the political wilderness.

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Najib’s house of cards propping up his claim that the international 1MDB corruption and money-launderintg scandal was fake news and a concocted internatuional conspiracy by his political enemie to topple him from power collapsed when Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Ahmad Al-Jubeir met the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and denied that Najib’s infamous RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts had come from Riyadh.
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MACC and other 1MDB scandal investigators should haul up Najib to question whether, apart from Jho Low and him, there is a third mastermind in the 1MDB scandal as suggested by Najib in the Al Jazeera interview

It is going remain one of the mysteries of Malaysian politics as to why former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak decided to guillotine himself on the 1MDB scandal before a world media in his semi-aborted interview with Al Jazeera.

Najib had intended to vindicate himself as a great Prime Minister with his nine-year achievements and legacy in his interview with Al Jazeera, but at the end-of-the-day he had only succeeded in raising the question that apart from fugitive financier Jho Low and himself as the two masterminds of the international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal, there may be a third “international mastermind” of the 1MDB scandal.

Is there a third mastermind in the 1MDB scandal as suggested by Najib in his interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday? Read the rest of this entry »

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Public Accounts Committee should welcome Najib’s semi-aborted interview with Al Jazeera as Najib had opened up on many new leads on the 1MDB scandal and he should be asked to elaborate on them

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which has been directed by Parliament in a special motion to re-investigate the 1MDB scandal should welcome former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s semi-aborted interview with Al Jazeera as Najib had opened up on many new leads on the 1MDB scandal and he should be asked to elaborate on them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians must thank Najib for the semi-aborted Al Jazeera interview for it shows why the 14GE decision of May 9, 2018 was right and why we must forge ahead to build a New Malaysia, far away from a rogue democracy, kakistocracy and global kleptocracy

Malaysians must thank Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the semi-aborted Al Jazeera interview for it shows why the historic decision of the 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 to Save Malaysia was right and why Malaysians must forge ahead to build a New Malaysia which is far away from a rogue democracy, kakistocracy and global kleptocracy.

Although Najib staged a walk-out after some 20 minutes of the interview, enough damage had been done and it is no exaggeration to say that Najib had done more damage to himself with his semi-aborted Al Jazeera interview than the visit of the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Abdel Ahmad Al-Jubeir to publicly confess that Najib’s infamous RM2.6 billion in his personal bank account had not come from Riyadh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib can walk out of an Al Jazeera interview, but he cannot walk out of the dock when tried for 1MDB charges of corruption, abuse of power and money-laundering unless he opts for the right to silence in his trial

Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, can walk out of an Al Jazeera interview to avoid a slew of allegations against him and questions ranging from the 1MDB scandal, the 22-carat pink diamond necklace for his wife Rosmah Mansor to the murders of Altantuyaa Shaaribu, Hussain Najadi and Kevin Morais.

However, he cannot walk out of the dock of a court room when he is tried for scores of 1MDB charges of corruption, abuse of power and money-laundering unless Najib opts to exercise his right to silence in his trial.

Is Najib prepared to state whether he will go into the witness box during his trial not only to state his own case and defence but to be cross-examined by the Deputy Public Prosecutors. Read the rest of this entry »

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No Honour among 1MDB thieves

October 26, 2018 was the day when former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak came in from the cold to brave nasty questions about the 1MDB scandal which he had been avoiding for more than five years since the 13th General Election when he accepted the invitation of Al Jazeera for an interview with its 101 East programme.

But it proved to the day when Najib was “hung up to dry” for on this day, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Ahmad Al-Jubeir met the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to deny that Najib Razak’s infamous RM2.6 billion in his personal bank account had come from Riyadh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib stripped naked by the Saudis

It has finally happened – former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak literally stripped naked by the Saudis.

When it was reported midday yesterday that the Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Ahmad Al-Jubeir, who had in 2016 said the RM2.6 billion funds received by then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak was a “genuine donation”, is in Malaysia on a three-day visit and would meet the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today, thinking Malaysians are expecting a news report today that the Saudis have officially repudiated the story that the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal banking account in 2013 was a donation from the Saudi Arabia royal family. Read the rest of this entry »

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When mind games go wrong…

There were three mind games, which had been defined as psychological tactics used to manipulate or intimidate, which went horribly wrong yesterday.

The first was when the UMNO President and former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi turned up at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to provide moral support for former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak , who was slapped with an additional six charges to total 38 charges, just seven short of Zahid’s total of 45 charges on corruption, money-laundering and abuse of power.

He later tweeted a photograph of the two of them seated together and stated that the “relentless attack” against the pair would not break their spirit.

“We will remain steadfast in the struggle.

“This overkill leads to a trust deficit in the government. It greatly benefits the accused. Thank-you for dragging us (to court).” Read the rest of this entry »

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