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August 14, 2013

Bourdon: Jasbir’s statements do not count

Alyaa Azhar

Only statements made under oath before the judges count, says Suaram lawyer William Bourdon.

Any statements made by Scorpene deal middleman Jasbir Singh Chahl do not count. This is the opinion of Suara Rakyat Malaysia’s (Suaram) France-based lawyer William Bourdon.

“Currently, hearing Jasbir as a witness [in the Scorpene submarine deal] is still ongoing. As a consequence, only statements made under oath before the judges count,” he said in a press statement.

According to Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel, Jasbir has given a 270-page long testimony in the French court. (more…)

August 7, 2013

Don’t probe us, probe Scorpene deal, says Suaram

Mkini

Suaram has slammed the authorities for what it calls intimidation and harassment of the NGO when they should be probing the Scorpene submarines scandal instead.

“We challenge the police to spend time and energy to curb serious crime in this country rather than trying to intimidate and harass Suaram.

“We also urge the police, Malaysia Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Companies Commission Malaysia (CCM) to investigate companies connected to the Scorpene submarine scandal such as Perimekar and Terasasi, as recently highlighted in the French media.

“Stop harassing the whistle-blowers, investigate the corrupt suspects,” said Suaram executive director Nalini Elumalai in a statement today. (more…)

Scorpene probe ‘also tracking trio’s entry into France’

Susan Loone

French judges investigating alleged kickbacks in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to the Malaysian government by DCNS, a Paris-based shipmaker, are also probing the entry of three individuals into France since 1999, said a source.

The trio – Najib Abdul Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya Shaariibuu – were said to have visited France, but their entry and exit are not recorded in  immigration documents.

Jasbir Singh Chahl, a former broker, has since claimed that French records indicate that Altantuya had never entered France and that she was not involved in the deal. (more…)

July 30, 2013

Scorpene scandal, is Jasbir Singh Chahl credible?

altantuya 9Kua Kia Soong

The New Straits Times has never been the beacon of investigative journalism in Malaysia. Resurrecting Jasbir Singh Chahl to try to whitewash the Scorpene scandal is hardly a scoop – Jasbir’s churlish account fails to answer the many questions raised by the scandal and the murder of Altantuya.

SUARAM has all along stuck to the facts and this can be checked in our publication: “Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia: From Altantuya to Zikorsky” by Kua Kia Soong, 2010. By no means does Jasbir disprove the chronology of events noted in the book nor shed any light on the revelations by the French enquiry thus far. But first, let us examine the credentials of this man touted as the “architect” of the Scorpene submarine deal, the most expensive arms purchase by our country to date, costing well over RM7 billion. (more…)

November 28, 2012

Altantuya murder trial notes for Scorpene inquiry?

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

French lawyer representing human rights NGO Suaram said the French judges probing the Scorpene scandal would have no choice but to incorporate the murder trial of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu into their inquiry.

“We don’t see how it would go the other way… They would obviously look into it,” said Apoline Cagnat (lrft in photo), at a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians in Singapore today. (more…)

French lawyer: Najib, Razak Baginda ‘priority witnesses’

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

She is representing human rights NGO Suaram in the probe by the French judiciary.Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his confidante Abdul Razak Baginda are the “priority witnesses” in the investigation of the Scorpene scandal, said French lawyer Apoline Cagnat.

Cagnat (left in photo) told a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians today in Singapore that, of the seven witnesses submitted by Suaram and accepted by the French judiciary, Najib and Razak are the most important.

“I hope the judges manage to interrogate them,” she said. (more…)

November 16, 2012

AFRAID OF SCORPENE LAWYER: Hisham refuses to clear Bourdon’s trip to brief Parliament

Maria Begum

There’s only a week to go but Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has refused to give the green light for French lawyer William Bourdon to enter Malaysia where he is due to brief Members of Parliament on the latest in the Scorpenes corruption trial, in which Prime Minister Najib Razak has been heavily implicated.

“We fear the worst given the way the Najib administration has been attacking SUARAM and even banned non-MPs from accessing the Parliament press conference lobby. If there is no guilt, why not allow Bourdon to come in and brief us all. If Najib is innocent, there is no need to deport Bourdon or to shut up SUARAM. Instead, as PM, he should welcome the chance to clear his name for himself as well as for his country,” PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

October 31, 2012

ISA gone but vindictiveness remains

Kua Kia Soong

Several former Operation Lalang detainees who have congratulated the BN government in profusion for repealing the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be advised to be more circumspect. Detention without trial still exists in the form of the two anti-terrorism laws with security provisions that are broad and vague and that will result in continuation of detention without charge and denial of basic rights. Also, the BN government has shown that its capacity for vindictive prosecution is undiminished. When the ISA was enacted in 1960, the government justified it by saying it would only be used against the “communists”. Liberals therefore concluded that they would not be affected. However, the mass detentions, such as those of Operation Lalang in 1987, demonstrated that no one, especially progressive Malaysians, were exempt from the clutches of the ISA. The new “anti-terrorism” laws have a familiar sense of deja vu about them. We should not be too quick to presume that they will only be used against terrorists. (more…)

October 23, 2012

Suaram takes Scorpene scandal to the grassroots

Susan Loone

Yesterday, Suaram teamed-up with youth movement Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) to train some 80 people on how to give ceramah on the issue in their respective constituencies.Human rights NGO Suaram has embarked on a programme to take information about the Scorpene submarine scandal to the masses in an attempt to fight back accusations by the authorities that it publicly lied on the issue.

The campaign plans to attract about 200 speakers, largely from opposition political parties, from around the country to focus on spreading the issue to the people, especially to villagers in the kampung. (more…)

October 21, 2012

Explosive Altantuya Revelations Coming?

John Berthelsen,Asia Sentinel

Retired Malaysian police chief schedules mysterious Bangkok press conference Monday to announce “new revelations” in murder for hire case

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand announced Saturday that Musa Hassan, who retired recently as Malaysia’s national police chief, would hold a Monday press conference in Bangkok with “new revelations” over the 2006 murder for hire of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“After her death it was revealed that she had been linked to the sale of two French-made submarines to Malaysia for US$1.3 billion – a deal under heavy suspicion of high-level corruption,” the FCCT announcement said. “The current Malaysian PM, Najib Razak, was then Minister of Defense and the national police chief was Musa Hassan. The revelations shook the Malaysian political landscape.” (more…)

October 18, 2012

Suaram: We’re still party to Scorpene inquiry in France

Koh Jun Lin

Human rights NGO Suaram is a party to the Scorpene judicial inquiry in France and allegations to the contrary are “a malicious accusation (and) a total lie,” its secretariat member Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said today.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, Fadiah (right in photo) showed French court documents dated April 11, naming Suaram director and founder Kua Kia Soong as the plaintiff.

“If you have followed the progress of the case, we had testified before the judge on April 19. (more…)

October 12, 2012

Who’s destabilising the government?

Ding Jo-Ann

MALAYSIA is apparently under grave threat from human rights organisation Suaram. In the last few months, no fewer than six government agencies have been probing Suaram and Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, the company it operates under. Suaram has been accused of a myriad of wrongs — from filing “misleading and confusing accounts” to possible offences under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (Amlatfa).

Suaram says it is prepared to be investigated and has been cooperating with investigations. At the same time, it has drawn attention to the timing of the investigations. Is it a coincidence that the government’s scrutiny of Suaram is happening during a Suaram-initiated French inquiry into possible corruption in Malaysia’s purchase of two French Scorpene submarines while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was defence minister? (more…)

October 10, 2012

Scorpene inquiry on-going, says French lawyer Bourdon

Susan Loone

The lawyer petitioning the court in Paris to probe corruption in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia has ticked off a French prosecutor for his remarks on the case reported yesterday by national news agency Bernama.

Prominent human rights lawyer William Bourdon, who is based in Paris, said there was no question of “an on-going trial” as the two French judges appointed to the case were still carrying out their investigations into the controversial defence deal between France and Malaysia.

“The Tribunal deGrande Instance has convened a criminal inquiry of which (Malaysian human rights group) Suaram has been accepted as a civil party since March 2012,” said Bourdon. (more…)

Scorpene inquiry proves ‘valid basis’ for graft claim

Hazlan Zakaria

The French judiciary is holding a criminal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the Scorpene submarine sale by a French company to Malaysia because it deems this ‘serious enough’ for an investigation.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua (left)confirmed at a press conference at the Parliament lobby today that the matter has yet to reach the trial stage.

“… (But) if the judge believes there were no grounds, he would have stopped the inquiry … Bernama used technical words to say there is no trial,” said Chua. (more…)

October 9, 2012

Suaram probe: ROS issues notice to deceased founder

Malaysiakini

The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has issued notices ordering several senior members of the human rights NGO Suaram, including one who passed away two years ago, to have their statements recorded on Friday.

The notices, dated yesterday, pursuant to Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), were sent to the office of Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd’s lawyer, and named Suaram founder, the late Fan Yew Teng, as well as co-founder Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim and executive director Nalini Elumalai (left).

Fan passed away in 2010.

“It is embarrassing to note that one of the named individuals, Fan Yew Teng, had deceased in 2010 but ROS still issued the notice out of ignorance,” Nalini said in a statement. (more…)

October 4, 2012

Anwar to DCNS lawyers: M’sians also want to hear YOUR SIDE of Scorpenes story

Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar to DCNS lawyers: M'sians also want to hear YOUR SIDE of Scorpenes story

Messieur Olivier METZNER,

Briefing to the Malaysian Parliament on the ongoing judicial inquiry at the Tribunal De Grande Instance into the payment of alleged illegal and/or corrupt commissions for the purchase of two Scorpene submarines by the Government of Malaysia from the firms Direction des Construction Navales Services ( “DCNS” ), Thales and Armaris in 2002

I refer to the above ongoing judicial inquiry at the Tribunal De Grande Instance in Paris presided over by Judge Roger Le Loire and Judge Serge Tournaire into the complaint by SUARAM. a Malaysian human rights non-governmental organization alleging that corrupt and illegal payments were made by the French suppliers DCNS and Thies and their joint venture company Armaris to Malaysian citizens and officials in relation to the purchase of the submarines in 2002 which were at the material time authorized by the then Malaysian Defence Minister and current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. where payments of up to 700 milliom ringgit were received by companies ( Perimekar Sdn Bhd and Terasasi ) owned by his adviser and close associate, Abdul Razak Baginda. (more…)

SCORPENE lawyers accept Anwar’s invite: But Najib must assure SAFETY & NO DEPORTATION

SCORPENE lawyers accept Anwar's invite: But Najib must assure SAFETY & NO DEPORTATION

Maria Begum

French human rights lawyers William Bourdon and Joseph Breham have accepted the invitation of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to come to Kuala Lumpur to brief the Malaysian Parliament on the latest status of the Scorpenes corruption trial, provided that they get an assurance from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government they will not be deported or be subjected to physical harassment and intimidation.

“Both William and Joseph told Anwar they will come but they would like an assurance from the BN government that they won’t be turned away at the airport and their time wasted. They also want to be assured that their physical safety will not be threatened,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

October 3, 2012

Suaram: Subpoena finally served on Scorpene witness

Nigel Aw

Suaram revealed that a subpoena has finally been served on one of the witnesses proposed by the human rights group to assist in the French judicial probe on alleged corruption in Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene submarines from French naval defence company DCNS.

“The inquiry is progressing and we’ve been allowed to tell you that the first subpoena has reached the first witness.

“But I can’t tell you who the witness is or when the subpoena was given for now, we have to follow the court proceedings and can only quote the court notes,” Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel told a forum in Petaling Jaya last night. (more…)

September 24, 2012

Putrajaya’s SUARAM probe sparks civil society activism

Ida Lim

Outrage at Putrajaya’s clampdown on Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) appears to have given a major boost to civil society activism here, likely affecting the Najib government’s bid for votes from middle Malaysia ahead of an election expected soon.

The human rights watchdog has been instrumental in the French probe on Malaysia’s multibillion ringgit purchase of two Scorpene submarines, a high-profile scandal that many believe will unearth incriminating evidence against top government officials here.

Global rights group Amnesty International had yesterday raised suspicion over the timing of the government’s sudden interest in SUARAM’s operations and funding sources, saying the probe was opened only four weeks after the organisation revealed documents showing a close associate to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had allegedly sold Malaysian naval secrets to the French. (more…)

Amnesty sees link between SUARAM shakedown, Scorpene scandal

Clara Chooi

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International raised suspicion today over the timing of Putrajaya’s sudden interest in SUARAM’s operations, noting that authorities began probing the group soon after it revealed that a close associate of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had sold Malaysian naval secrets to France.

The revelation was made by French lawyer Joseph Breham, who is acting for Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) in the ongoing inquiry on the Scorpene submarine scandal in Paris, during a May 30 press conference in Bangkok.

“Amnesty is concerned that the recent government actions against SUARAM appear to be linked to the organisation’s legitimate work, in particular a corruption case which it has brought before the French courts. (more…)

September 23, 2012

Ops Suaram: What next, BN?

Jeswan Kaur

The government is making sure it does all within its power to ‘bury’ Suaram, in any way possible.

It is no secret that Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud practically owns the state and together with his family and cronies has raked in millions allegedly using fraudulent means to clean up the state’s rainforest of its priceless timber.

Still, Taib who has been safeguarding his chief minister’s seat for 31 years now has never been prosecuted under any law, despite there being proof of his corrupt and meandering ways.

From the look of things, it seems that nothing is going to stop the 76-year-old Taib from further plundering Sarawak’s rainforest and usurping the native customary rights land of the indigenous people of Sarawak . (more…)

September 22, 2012

Suaram hounded, harassed for trying to expose corruption

P Ramakrishnan ,Aliran

The only crime committed by Suaram – it seems – it had dared to expose the massive corruption involving the Ministry of Defence when the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was the defence minister.

The purchase of the Scorpene submarines is a scandal that can be termed as the mother of all scandals.

It cost taxpayers hundreds of million ringgit; it cost a Mongolian beauty her very life; it had caused the disappearance of records from the immigration system involving Altantuya’s entry into Malaysia; it led to a mystery over the release of the C4 explosives without authorisation to blow up a human body into smithereens; it perpetuated the puzzle regarding the conviction of two police personnel who had no motive to commit murder; it freed Razak Baginda, the lover of the murdered Mongolian beauty, without the prosecution appealing this bewildering court decision. (more…)

September 18, 2012

Topless photos save Najib

Mariam Mokhtar

Last week, on the first day of the Jubilee trip for Prince William and Kate Middleton, Najib was basking in the expectant pleasure of playing host to the royal couple. In an article in the Huffington Post, Najib was effusive about Malaysian-British ties.Since the day Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak got embroiled in the Scorpene scandal, the stench of corruption has clung to him like a cheap, musky perfume.

By the second day, the world reverberated with news about a magazine which intended to publish topless photos of Kate. Instead of reporters writing positive things about Malaysia, all focus was on the the couple’s next move. (more…)

September 14, 2012

Attacks on Suaram an admission of guilt?

Nathaniel Tan

Suaram stands for Suara Rakyat Malaysia (The Voice of the Malaysian People). No one organisation can represent the voice of an entire nation, but no one organisation has likely done more for the voiceless of Malaysia than Suaram.

Who is Suaram?

Born in the aftermath of Ops Lalang, Suaram has been at the forefront of defending human rights in Malaysia since 1989 (when this author was only nine years old).

Suaram was formed by ex-ISA detainees and their family support groups to campaign for the abolition of the ISA. Over the years, its issues of concern grew to encompass a much wider scope. (more…)

August 5, 2012

WHO KILLED ALTANTUYA: Until there are answers, ‘Janji Detepati’ remains hollow

Soul of JusticeWHO KILLED ALTANTUYA: Until there are answers, 'Janji Detepati' remains hollow

How many more agonizing years do we and the world have to wait to find out the following:

1. Who gave the order to ensure that all immigration records of the late Altantuya’s entry and egress records were wiped out from the system?

2. Who gave the green light for the controlled explosive C4 to leave the guarded and vaulted premise?

3. Who authorized the use of military grade C4 to be used on the shot and dead lone woman?

4. Why did the current PM send text messages to his business buddy Baginda Razak of his assurance to assist and what assistance did he give? (more…)

July 14, 2012

Najib broke every rule to ensure Scorpene-linked firm won Ampang LRT deal – PKR

Wong Choon MeiNajib broke every rule to ensure Scorpene-linked firm won Ampang LRT deal - PKR

PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli has accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of favoring Thales, demanding an explanation as to why the French multinational company involved in Malaysia’s disastrous purchase of two Scorpene submarines was allowed to enter three bids for the billion-ringgit Ampang LRT deal.

According to Rafizi, Thales was involved in three out of eight shortlisted consortia in state-appointed consultant Halcrow’s technical evaluation report, namely, George Kent-Wijet-Thales, Colas-CMC-Thales and Samsung-LG-Thales.

“Every single rule was broken in order to give an advantage to Thales. Who else can make these instructions unless it was under the patronage of the prime minister?” Rafizi told a press conference on Friday. (more…)

Altantuya’s dad question’s Najib’s innocence for refusing to help in Scorpenes trial

Altantuya's dad question's Najib's innocence for refusing to help in Scorpenes trial

Wong Choon Mei

When even the father of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the young Mongolian woman who was murdered in Malaysia, questions why Prime Minister Najib Razak is so reluctant to take part in the French Scorpenes corruption trial, then it is indeed time for Najib as the leader of his nation to step forward and clear his name and his government’s for the world to see.

Setev’s words are not only loud and clear for all to hear but have deep implications for Malaysia, which has been dragged into the centre of the 6-year-long global scandal. If Najib doesn’t dare to defend his own name, then he must be hiding something or is even guilty of the damning allegations made against him. This is what Setev is saying. (more…)

July 11, 2012

Papers confirm PM’s hand in LRT deal

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S Pathmawathy

PKR has revealed documents which allegedly prove that a high-level committee chaired by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had awarded the RM1.18 billion Ampang LRT extension project to a consortium led by George Kent Berhad.

The documents are portions of minutes of the fifth meeting by the Finance Ministry’s Procurement Committee (JPMK) on June 21, which Najib, who is also the finance minister, chairs, as well as a letter on the committee’s decision dated June 25 to Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad.

At a press conference today, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said the tender award  is a “time-bomb” because George Kent is considered to be an “inexperienced higher bidder”. (more…)

July 7, 2012

As expected, Altantuya killers’ appeal delayed: Najib seen avoiding trial until GE-13 over

As expected, Altantuya killers' appeal delayed: Najib seen avoiding trial until GE-13 over

Wong Choon Mei

As expected, the high-anticipated appeal by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s two former bodyguards against their death sentence for murdering Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu has been postponed to October 31 and November 1.

According to the prosecutors, the deferment was made to accommodate the filing of additional grounds in one of the appellant’s court petition. But speculation is rife that Najib wanted to avoid negative publicity ahead of the 13th general election which is expected to be held early next year.

“Given that both men filed their appeal 2 years ago, such continuous delay is very suspicious. When the new hearing dates comes along and Najib has still not dissolved Parliament, I am quite sure there will be another postponement,” PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

July 6, 2012

Malaysian govt backs off early election as Scorpene scandal BOILS

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M'sian govt backs off early election as Scorpene scandal BOILS

Vancouver Sun

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has shelved plans for an early general election this summer after the leaking of a mountain of documents dealing with the payment of over $180 million in bribes for the purchase of two French submarines when he was defence minister.

Even more damaging for Najib, who has yet to face the electorate since taking over as leader of the stumbling Barisan Nasional coalition government in 2009, is that the documents indicate the French giant shipbuilder, DCNS, paid $45 million for a classified Malaysian government document detailing its submarine requirements.

This money and the other $142 million were paid to companies controlled by Najib’s friend and policy adviser, Abdul Razak Baginda. (more…)

SUARAM : We’re being harassed for Scorpenes

Activists pack SUARAM office as CCM conducts raid: We're being harassed for Scorpenes Maria Begum

Amid concerns that Prime Minister Najib Razak might be trying to seize documents related to the French Scorpene trial, officers from the Companies Commission Malaysia returned to the premises of human rights group SUARAM and demanded to check its its financial books.

The SUARAM office was packed with activists who had come to help keep an eagle on the CCM officers. Three SSM officers finally turned up at around 6.00pm. They served notices on the firm under which SUARAM operated.

“SUARAM full of people now and waiting for SSM.. The solidarity from fellow NGOs and SUARAM members are our strength!”@SUARAMtweets (more…)

July 5, 2012

Probe Scorpene scandal firms instead, says Suaram

Koh Jun Lin

The government should investigate companies involved in the Scorpene scandal instead of harassing Suaram, said its director Kua Kia Soong.

“It should be companies like Terasasi that should be investigated, but it turned out to be Suaram – the whistleblower – that is investigated,” Kua lamented at a press conference today.

He said the French had done Malaysia “a big favour” by investigating the French defence company DCNS and the government should act on its findings.

Suaram was nearly raided by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) as part of a “routine inspection” yesterday, but the raid was aborted when the notice of inspection was found to be flawed. (more…)

FAILED RAID on SUARAM’s office: Najib trying to seize Scorpene documents?

FAILED RAID on SUARAM's office: Najib trying to seize Scorpene documents?

Wong Choon Mei

It looks like Prime Minister Najib Razak, at the centre of the Scorpene-Altantuya corruption and murder scandals, is hitting the panic buttons.

Officers from the Companies Commission of Malaysia tried to raid the office of human rights group SUARAM on Tuesday afternoon but had to abort their plan after discovering their warrant had not been signed.

The failed raid follows days of haranguing in the Umno-controlled newspapers urging the government to investigate why the human rights group was registered as a company, and yet styled itself as an NGO or non-governmental organisation. (more…)

June 28, 2012

The French-Malaysian Submarine Scandal: the Documents

Scorpene diving: Not deep enough

Asia Sentinel

The 133 official documents uploaded onto this website are from the Directorate-General of the French National Police and the Judicial Police Directorate’s anti-organized and financial crimes unit. They were presented to a French anti-corruption court in May and June of 2011. Taken together, they present –in French – the clearest picture to date of the two-decade campaign by the French state-owned defense manufacturer DCN and its subsidiaries to sell Scorpene submarines to the Malaysian Ministry of Defense.

Asia Sentinel’s story summarizing what is in the documents is in a collection in Asia Sentinel’s Scribd account. They tell a story of corruption on both sides of the world that included – according to one presentation to the court – “blackmail, bribery, influence peddling, misuse of corporate assets and concealment.” The documents show that many of these activities were carried out with the full knowledge if not connivance of top officials in both the French and Malaysian governments. (more…)

No secrets leaked, says Mindef

Shannon Teoh

Putrajaya has insisted no information were leaked on the evaluation of the RM7 billion Scorpene submarines bought in 2002 despite court documents claiming the contrary  in an ongoing French inquiry.

The defence ministry (Mindef) said in reply to an adjournment speech by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar that it did not have any information on allegations that secret documents were sold by a company linked to political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda to a French defence firm.

“To the best knowledge of the ministry, up to now there is no information detected to have been taken out of Malaysia. (more…)

June 20, 2012

Razak Baginda’s associate denies link to Scorpene scandal

Debra Chong

A French court is investigating the sale of two Scorpene submarines by DCNS to Malaysia for elements of corruption. 

Businessman Jasbir Singh Chahl today denied he had played a central role in the sale of two French submarines to Malaysia as alleged by human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram).

Jasbir also rubbished claims he was subpoenaed to testify in an ongoing French investigation into defence contractor DCNS. (more…)

June 18, 2012

French court subpoenas Razak Baginda’s confidante

The first subpoena seeking testimonies for the French probe into alleged kickbacks to a Malaysian political figure over the the 2002 purchase of a pair of Scorpene submarines, has been delivered last night, according to NGO Suaram.

“As we sit at the dinner tables right this moment, a subpoena is on the way to Mr Jasbir Singh Chahl’s house.

“The case is moving forward more concretely,” announced Suaram coordinator Cynthia Gabriel who is spearheading the case for the human rights NGO. (more…)

June 14, 2012

Scorpene-Altantuya: Who is Razak Baginda to Najib and Umno

Nawawi MohamadScorpene-Altantuya: Who is Razak Baginda to Najib and Umno

Would it be preposterous to say that Razak Baginda was the mastermind behind Malaysia’s RM7.3 billion acquisition of two French Scorpene submarines? It was certainly a most inappropriate purchase given the country’s shallow coastline, and worse still, the ensuing illicit commissions scandal led to the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibu, casting a shadow over Malaysia and Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Really, even Baginda’s worst enemies can’t imagine him having the nerve or capability to convince Najib, who was then the Defence Minister and being groomed to take over the premiership, into taking part in what was basically a huge money-making scam. (more…)

June 12, 2012

Scorpene motion torpedoed

Patrick Lee

Nurul’s plan to discuss the sale of secret submarine papers to a French company were rejected in Parliament today.

An emergency motion aimed at discussing the alleged sale of highly secret Scorpene submarine-related documents to a French company was rejected in Parliament today.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected the Lembah Pantai MP (PKR) Nurul Izzah Anwar’s motion in his chambers this morning, as it did not adhere to Standing Order 23(1)(h).

The Standing Order states: (more…)

Scorpene probe not a serious matter, says foreign minister

Ahmad Fadli KC

The probe by French prosecutors into the alleged corruption over the purchase of the two Scorpene submarines is not a serious issue that Malaysia should now focus on, said Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

“This is not a serious matter that we need to follow, and it is being played up by certain parties,” he told reporters after attending a luncheon with representatives of Asean nations in Kuala Lumpur today.

He was asked about Malaysia’s preparations to face the case currently being investigated in Paris. (more…)

June 10, 2012

Malaysia refuses to initiate Scorpenes probe despite treason findings

Malaysia refuses to initiate Scorpenes probe despite treason findings

Wong Choon Mei

Malaysia’s minister for defense Zahid Hamidi is the latest to join the “BN denial mode” bandwagon, refusing to initiate a probe into allegations that there had been sales of naval secrets to French arms maker DCNS in connection to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversial purchase of 2 Scorpene submarines.

“There is no proof to show such a thing happened. I give my assurance that we will investigate thoroughly if there is proof because this involves national security,” Zahid was reported as saying by the government-controlled Berita Harian newspaper.

June 8, 2012

‘Act of treason puts navy at risk’

Patrick Lee

If it is true that military secrets were sold, Azmin Ali says the act can be considered as treason and Najib has to explain.

If it is true that Malaysian military secrets were sold, it puts the nation’s naval force at risk, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

He was referring to Suaram’s recent expose, which involved the alleged selling of secret documents with details on the Malaysian Navy’s Scorpene-class submarine, to a French company.

The act, said Azmin, amounted to “treason of the highest order.” (more…)

June 4, 2012

Gov’t must explain Terasasi’s role in Scorpene deal

Nigel Aw

The government must explain the role of Terasasi (Hong Kong) Sdn Bhd that has allegedly sold Malaysian state secrets to a French company in the RM4 billion Scorpene deal, said Suaram.

“So far, the role of Terasasi has not been explained in the Malaysian Parliament.

“The Malaysian government must explain this and the role played by Abdul Razak Baginda in this transaction (related to the Scorpene evaluation papers),” said Suaram director Kua Kia Soong.

Abdul Razak and his father are directors of Terasasi, a company whose name has surfaced in a French corruption investigation filed by Suaram against Paris-based shipbuilder DCNS into its sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia. (more…)

June 3, 2012

Scorpenes: Too much for Najib to remain silent & too obvious for MACC to ignore

Scorpenes: Too much for Najib to remain silent & too obvious for MACC to ignore

Gavin Khoo

A bombshell was dropped at the Suaram’s press conference in Bangkok on the Scorpene case which is on trial in Paris, France.

French lawyer Joseph Breham, who is acting on behalf of human rights NGO Suaram, revealed that the company paid 36 million euro (RM142 million) to Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd, ostensibly for “commercial engineering” works. However, the company was paid for selling top secret military intelligence on the Scorpene submarines to the French company.

Breham, who based his expose on the French prosecution papers, said the act of “selling” top secret papers to a foreign country such as this is considered treason. (more…)

June 2, 2012

Scorpene probe: Nurul Izzah wants Parliament to debate defence secrets leak

Clara Chooi

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar will next month demand Parliament discuss developments in the ongoing Scorpene submarine case, including yesterday’s discovery that national defence secrets have been sold to the French.

The Lembah Pantai MP said in a statement today that she will move an emergency motion in the House on the matter, noting that if the discovery was indeed true, it poses a grave threat to Malaysia’s national security and sovereignty.

Nurul (picture) added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should issue an immediate statement on the issue. (more…)

June 1, 2012

Daim ally, Razak Baginda named as ‘political network agents’ in Scorpene probe

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for two Scorpene submarines.

Secret documents obtained during the on-going Scorpene submarine probe have revealed the roles of an alleged ally of former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin as well as Abdul Razak Baginda in procuring major defence contracts between France and Malaysia, Suaram has said.

The human rights group said that police have seized documents in the form of a note for the French Minister of Defence dated June 2, 1999. This was in relation to an interview on Malaysian and French strategic defence ties with the then Malaysian Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Najib Razak. (more…)

The Scorpene scandal and the long arm of the law

Scorpène Class Malaysian Navy submarine "Tun Razak" in the shipyard of Navantia-Cartagena (Spain) few days prior to its delivery. (© Outissnn | Wiki Commons)

Andrew Khoo

WHEN it comes to an issue like corruption, nations have long since accepted that it cannot be combated single-handedly.  A significant milestone in cooperation was when the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) in New York passed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 31 Oct 2003. Shortly after, Malaysia signed the UNCAC on 9 Dec 2003.  The UNCAC came into force on 14 Dec 2005. We then ratified it on 24 Sept 2008.

As a party to the UNCAC, how well do our government ministers understand Malaysia’s obligations under this international treaty and local laws on international cooperation on criminal matters? Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent snubbing of the inquiry by a French court into the Scorpene submarines scandal suggest ignorance, at the very least. (more…)

Scorpenes in Bangkok: Diving M’sia deep into controversy with kickbacks and murder

Malaysia Chronicle

Scorpenes in Bangkok: Diving M'sia deep into controversy with kickbacks and murder

Malaysian NGO SUARAM and their French lawyers held a joint media conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, raising eyebrows as to the location which they said could not be avoided as the chances were high Prime Minister Najib Razak would detain and deport the French legal eagles should they enter Malaysia.

However, that has not deterred international interest in Malaysia’s controversial acquisition of 2 Scorpene submarines, which many believe will force Najib to step down, given the weight of evidence piling against him in the corruption and kickbacks trial that began in Paris last month.

Already, he and current Defence minister Zahid Hamidi have indicated they will not entertain any request from the French court to take the witness stand even if they are subpoenaed. (more…)

May 31, 2012

Daim’s ally named in Scorpene probe papers

Susan Loone

Human rights NGO Suaram has revealed that the name of an individual closely linked to former finance minister Daim Zainuddin is mentioned in the French prosecution papers on alleged corruption in Malaysia’s RM7.3 billion purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines in 2002.

At a press conference in Bangkok today, Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel said French police had seized documents including a note for the French defence minister dated July 2, 1999.

This related to an interview with then Malaysian defence minister Najib Abdul Razak and French-Malaysian diplomacy on defence matters. (more…)

May 30, 2012

‘Damning’ Scorpene details to be exposed in Bangkok

Susan Loone

Human rights NGO Suaram will expose more details on its Scorpene legal suit in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow, as its lawyer from France has to date failed to obtain permission to enter Malaysia.It remains uncertain when Suaram’s France-based lawyer Joseph Breham will be issued with a work visa to enter Malaysia, and as such the NGO’s leaders decided to travel to Thailand to meet with him.Brehem (left) and the Suaram team led by director Cynthia Gabriel and legal representative Fadiah Nadwa Fikri will later hold a press conference on new developments in the Scorpene submarine case the human rights group has filed in Paris. (more…)
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