Hornbill Unleashed

July 6, 2015

1MDB: Let’s have the truth and nothing but the truth

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1MDB should just come out and reveal information relating to allegations of its trail of funds, mismanagement and deals, instead of issuing short statements of denials.

This follows the public outcry against 1MDB’s short response in relation to a recent Wall Street Journal article detailing allegations that 1MDB funds were channelled to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal accounts.

Even MCA, a party long ridiculed as being subservient to Umno and the prime minister, has expressed its shock about the matter, stating that it was ‘taken aback by the alarming Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) accusation against Prime Minister Najib Razak regarding 1MDB funds’.
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ZETI UNDER SCRUTINY

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A retired veteran newsman today questioned Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) refusal so far to disclose the results of a Singaporean regulator’s probe on debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Datuk A. Kadir Jasin urged the Malaysian central bank to use the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) probe to clear off both its and 1MDB’s reputation, if the investigations are positive.

“If the investigation results are positive for 1MDB, why is Bank Negara not (menguar-uarkannya) publicising it (and) instead hiding behind confidentiality? (more…)

Choose Najib or Dr Mahathir, Umno leaders must decide

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A Singapore daily reports that Umno leaders must decide to back Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) after WSJ's article on 1MDB fund transfers to the prime minister’s bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider graphic, July 5, 2015.Umno leaders must decide whether to back Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Singapore’s The Straits Times said today, following revelations that funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had been channelled into the prime minister’s bank accounts.

The Sunday Times, the weekend edition of the daily, said Umno leaders were caught in an escalating power struggle between Najib and the former prime minister and “have to choose sides soon”.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said documents showed US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) was moved among government agencies, banks and entities linked to 1MDB, which finally ended in the prime minister’s personal accounts at the AmPrivate Bank in Kuala Lumpur, in five separate deposits. (more…)

Najib to decide soon on legal action over WSJ report

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attends a breaking-of-fast event at Masjid Bandar Rinching, Selangor, July 5, 2015. The prime minister says he will decide soon on the legal course of action to take against claims that public funds have been channeled to his personal bank accounts.– The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, July 5, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that he would take several days to decide what action to take against claims that 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) funds had been channelled into his account.

The prime minister told a brief press conference that he had consulted his lawyers over t‎he “malicious claims” (dakwaan jahat).

“‎Referring to the wild allegations made against me that I had allegedly stolen US$700 million dollars from 1MDB and placed it in my personal accounts, I have referred to my lawyers and they will advise me on what further legal and other action I can take, within the country and overseas. (more…)

Time to promote inter-faith dialogues seriously

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Empty vessels make the most noise. Much of the hue and cry over religious issues in this country is usually the work of people who have no idea what their dissension is about other than to stir trouble in “protecting” their own religion from others.

The lack of understanding is the root of all religious tension and flare-ups in this country. As witnessed by the spate of incidents recently, understanding is so obviously missing when tackling these issues. This is why Malaysians are greatly encouraged to participate in inter-faith dialogues to enlighten them.

Inter-faith dialogues are the way forward in promoting religious harmony, goodwill and understanding among those who profess different faiths in this country. By learning and understanding where the different faiths are coming from, people will perhaps not feel so easily threatened or intimidated. (more…)

Umno MP says central bank must come clean

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An Umno MP has said while it is good that the government has denied allegations of embezzlement against Prime Minister Najib Razak, what is urgently needed is for the central bank and AmBank to clear the air.

“Allegations of this nature cannot be tolerated. Yes, action and legal remedies are good initiatives, however a ‘total image cleanup’ must also be done immediately,” said Kepala Batas MP Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

“While the Prime Minister’s Office, 1MDB and also several companies linked to the allegations have sounded their denials, there has been no clear statement from Bank Negara Malaysia or even AmBank, which was named in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) allegation, and this brings about confusion among the public. (more…)

PM: Opposition can never rule Malaysia with same success as BN

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the public should defend the current BN government because the ruling coalition has kept the country stable for years. — File picThe opposition parties will not be able to run the country as well as Barisan Nasional (BN) has simply because of their opposing ideologies, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

The Prime Minister said the public should defend the current BN government because the ruling coalition has kept the country stable for years, something the opposition will not be able to do.

“That is the Malaysia under Umno and BN that we must defend because we already know opposition is brittle, even though they are still around but with ideology that’s so different among each other, they cannot bring stability to Malaysia,” he said at a buka puasa event here today. (more…)

Ex-Malacca CM suggests Najib step down temporarily

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Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik says Datuk Seri Najib Razak should let go of his position as prime minister for the time being. – Facebook pic, July 5, 2015.Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Tamby Chik suggested that Datuk Seri Najib Razak should step down temporarily as prime minister while investigations are being carried out on claims 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s funds were pumped into his personal bank accounts.‎

He also said the prime minister’s accounts should also be investigated, if Bank Negara and AmBank confirmed their existence.

“Maybe when the investigation is under way, Najib should let go of his position as prime minister for the time being, until he is cleared by the investigation,” Rahim said in a Facebook post yesterday.‎ (more…)

Prince rues punishment for corruption is ‘nothing’

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Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim said being corrupt in this country bear no consequences if you’re a member of certain organisations.

Without referring to anything in particular, the prince lamented that he is fighting for an independent body for referees in Malaysian football.

“Corruption is a serious crime. Do you know what is the punishment for committing it? Nothing…if you are a member of certain organisations. (more…)

Set up MACC task force to probe into WSJ claims against Najib, says Umno MP

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Kepala Batas MP and Public Accounts Committee member Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (centre) says focus now should be on the veracity of the claims published by the Wall Street Journal that 1MDB funds were channelled into the prime minister’s bank accounts. – Facebook pic, July 5, 2015.An Umno lawmaker wants a special Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) task force to investigate allegations that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds were channelled into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.

Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said although the PM’s office quickly denied the allegations when the Wall Street Journal published the report, there was no clear statement from Bank Negara nor Ambank, the bank where Najib’s personal account purportedly is, thus creating a “vacuum” in disputing the allegations.

“This special task force must act on national interests and never submit to the pressure of any individual or media,” Reezal said in a statement today. (more…)

MPs to discuss Malaysia’s future on Tuesday after WSJ allegation

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) will convene a special meeting on Tuesday at the behest of DAP's Lim Kit Siang (centre) to discuss allegations that 1MDB funds were channelled into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 5, 2015.Progressive members of parliament are set to meet in Parliament on Tuesday in order to discuss the country’s future, following allegations that state funds were channelled into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and PKR’s Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.

In separate statements today, Lim and Dr Wan Azizah also urged Barisan Nasional lawmakers and non-governmental organisations “disgusted with corruption” to join the meeting.

The meeting is being called by opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah at Lim’s request. (more…)

Bank Negara should have alerted MACC if billions were in Najib’s accounts, say lawyers

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The onus is on Bank Negara Malaysia to report unusual or large transactions to the enforcement authorities as in the case of the billions of ringgit allegedly deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 5, 2015.Bank Negara Malaysia should have alerted the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or the police if it reports that more than RM2 billion was sitting in the prime minister’s personal bank accounts were true, lawyers told The Malaysian Insider.

They said the onus is on the central bank to report this for an investigation to be launched immediately.

“However, it was not up to the central bank to investigate the case for any wrongdoing as it was not within its scope to take action under the Anti-Money Laundering Act or for corruption,” lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent said. (more…)

Another minister raises concern about PM’s credibility

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Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal today became the second minister to raise concern about Najib Abdul Razak’s credibility following allegations that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was routed to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.

“I am also concerned about the expose and claim made by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) against the prime minister who is also finance minister.

“This matter must be given serious attention as it involved Najib’s image and credibility as prime minister,” he said in a statement yesterday. (more…)

The best thing for Najib is to call for snap polls

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Besieged at all fronts, hounded from all quarters, Prime Minister Najib Razak can either gracefully resign or go on leave pending investigation, but the best thing for him perhaps is to call for snap polls.

But as noble as his bloodline is, one’s pedigree guarantees neither ability nor nobility of spirit. To be a noble or of royal blood does not make one noble or regal. It takes character and more than just titles to lay claim to such lofty things.

So his frantic scrambling to snuff out news of his alleged financial impropriety, his finger pointing to others and his public relations attempt at managing the crisis shows he is not taking the noble route, but an attempt to hold on to all he can. (more…)

Minister raises concern about PM’s credibility

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Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal today became the second minister to raise concern about Najib Abdul Razak’s credibility following allegations that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was routed to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.

“I am also concerned about the expose and claim made by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) against the prime minister who is also finance minister.

“This matter must be given serious attention as it involved Najib’s image and credibility as prime minister,” he said in a statement yesterday. (more…)

Field day for candidates on a weakening nation

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The next general election could result in a record number of candidates and parties vying for votes in view that both Barisan Nasional and the opposition are in the state of defunct.

And it may very well begin with the Sarawak state election, scheduled for any time now and before August 20 next year.

BN is embroiled in financial scandals that comes in the midst of talk of an economic slowdown. And with the opposition bloc of Pakatan Rakyat no longer in existence, it will be a field day for new political aspirants to exploit.

Both BN and the Opposition which now loosely revolves around PKR, DAP and PAS, are perceived to be weak, and this will likely invite more individuals or parties to challenge their might. (more…)

July 5, 2015

Withdraw Sarawak’s support for Najib, Adenan urged after latest WSJ expose

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) says Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem should press Najib to step down, submit to investigations and explain his wealth. ― File picSarawak PKR chief Baru Bian urged Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today to stop supporting Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the recent series of allegations against the prime minister in the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report.

Noting WSJ’s report today linking the prime minister to billions of ringgit from debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Baru asked Adenan if he still considered it a smart move to continue backing the Umno president.

Instead, Baru said the Sarawak chief minister should press Najib to step down, submit to investigations and explain his wealth. (more…)

Unfulfilled promises bog down assemblyman

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Yussibnosh pointing to the site of the new SK Tellian which is located opposite the old school. Seen with him is his wife Elizabeth Nelson.Yussibnosh Balo, the assemblyman for Balingian, is a frustrated person as most of the promises to improve the livelihood of the people in his constituency have been slow to materialise, especially from the federal government.

Among the seven wishes of the constituents, only one has been fulfilled which is for more petrol stations to be built in Mukah town.

Before the by-election which was held in March last year, Mukah had only one petrol station but now it has three and Yussibnosh believed more petrol stations would be set up soon. (more…)

AG confirms seeing documents on PM graft allegations

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<Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has confirmed he has indeed viewed documents related to the alleged transfer of 1MDB funds into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s accounts.

In a statement today, Gani said they were among the documents collected by the special task force probing 1MDB.

“The task force has obtained a number of documents and had subsequently sent them to me for review.

“I confirm that I have received documents from the task force related to 1MDB, including documents related to the allegations of channelling funds to the prime minister’s accounts,” he said. (more…)

Wall Street Journal stands by report on Najib

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The Wall Street Journal is standing by its report that millions of US dollars were channelled into the personal bank accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic), saying that their investigation was based on solid documentation.
The journal’s Hong Kong Bureau chief Ken Brown said they took the investigations very seriously as it involved accusations against a country’s top leader.

“We were very careful and we believe the investigation and documents we have are solid and come from a reliable investigation and not a political investigation. (more…)

DPM wants accusations against Najib investigated

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Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for allegations against his boss Najib Abdul Razak to be investigated following aWall Street Journal report that claimed US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) of 1MDB’s funds had been deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.

“This allegation is very serious and can affect Najib’s credibility and integrity as prime minister and head of government.

“Therefore, it is my stance that the relevant investigative authorities, such as the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Police, with the cooperation of the Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers, must act immediately to investigate all allegations made against Najib,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

A-G confirms raids at SRC, firms linked to money allegedly in Najib’s accounts

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Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has revealed that a task force has raided three companies linked to funds allegedly channelled to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 4, 2015.Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail revealed a task force has raided three companies linked to funds allegedly channelled to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts, adding that he has received investigation papers on the matter.

The attorney-general said in a statement today he had gone through the documents and gave further advice and directives to the task force consisting of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), police and Bank Negara Malaysia.

Gani said the task force officials raided SRC International Sdn Bhd, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd offices yesterday and obtained more documents.

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that the three companies had funnelled some US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) to Najib’s personal accounts in AmBank Private Banking in Malaysia.
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Najib may take legal action against WSJ

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak indicates he may take legal action against Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for its report alleging that US$700 million of 1MDB’s fund was deposited into his private bank accounts.

Najib’s political secretary Muhammad Khairun Aseh confirmed the planned legal action, according to a Sinar Harian report today.

“”The report is very malicious and is baseless with weak and suspicious sources.

“We will take action according to the law,” he was quoted as saying. (more…)

Malaysia pays dearly for lacking leaders with integrity

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The trouble with Malaysia today is that there are hardly any good role models in society on whom citizens, especially children, could look up to. It is heartening, however, to see that there are persons of high standing who see the situation in its true light.

“People must be led by example and with integrity,” said Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor in his Facebook page recently, as he lamented the lack of integrity among today’s leaders.

The word ‘integrity’ cuts deep. It goes beyond purity and honesty, it signifies soundness in its unadulterated state. A person who has it is one with sound morals and high principle, and such a person reflects wholeness in thought, speech and action. (more…)

Even if Najib is cleared, will anyone trust him after this?

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The Prime Minister will still face a trust deficit even if he is cleared of wrongdoing in the scandal involving debt-laden 1MDB, says Wan Saiful Wan Jan of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). – The Malaysian Insider filepic, July 4, 2015. The Prime Minister will still face a trust deficit, said a well-known political analyst, even if he is cleared of wrongdoing in the latest scandal involving debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) said this is because Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has let these allegations of wrongdoing go on for far too long before taking any action.

The string of allegedly suspicious 1MBD deals along with stories of his family’s lavish spending have snowballed and left an indelible impression among the public that something is seriously wrong with the Prime Minister. (more…)

After WSJ expose, Najib and Umno’s days numbered, say analysts

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied reports in the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report that he had taken funds from 1MDB. Analysts say such damaging claims might lead to the end of Umno in power. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 4, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak could see the end of his days as prime minister soon amid reports that money from state-owned funds were credited into his personal accounts, analysts say, adding that this issue could also severely damage his party, Umno.

They said the expose by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Sarawak Report would lead to losses for the Malay-based party in the next general election.

In fact, the report was so damaging that Umno and Barisan Nasional can only win the next elections only if they teamed up with PAS, said Professor James Chin, director of Asia Institute in University of Tasmania. (more…)

WSJ: Our probe solid, Najib saw gov’t reports

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Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today defended its investigative article accusing the prime minister of embezzlement saying it was based on government investigations the report of which was seen by Najib Abdul Razak himself.

In its report yesterday, WSJ revealed that almost US$700 million in 1MDB’s funds had been deposited into Najib’s private bank accounts through proxies.

“It is a serious investigation. The documents that we saw have been shared with the Malaysian attorney-general and others in the government.

“So they have been seen and seen by the prime minister,” said WSJ Hong Kong bureau chief Ken Brown in an interview with CNBC. (more…)

Musings from abroad: Rethinking education

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At a recent alumni-current students event, I realised the edifying and transformative effect of a wholesome education that I have been fortunate enough to receive – and in hindsight, the lack of such opportunities back home.

Like a handful of privileged (though not necessarily wealthy) Malaysian youths, I have been able to sharpen my thinking, broaden my perspective and acquire crucial life skills through overseas tertiary education.

Anyhow, a group of alumni was customarily probing my background and interest after I disclosed my foreign nationality. (more…)

After WSJ expose, Najib must declare assets

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Yesterday marked one of the most embarrassing days for Malaysia. For the first time in our history, a sitting prime minister was accused of embezzlement and corruption where monies amounting to US$700 million, or about RM 2.6 billion, were directly banked into his personal accounts!

What’s more disbelieving is that this is our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also the son of our former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak.

Tun Abdul Razak, throughout his tenure as prime minister, had always preached integrity as a public servant. He was not even willing to spend taxpayers’ money to build a swimming pool at his official residence.
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WSJ allegation – prove not your bank accounts, PM told

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak can absolve himself of allegations of siphoning almost US$700 million in state funds by proving the bank accounts where the money was deposited into are not his, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli allowed today.

He said this in reference to a Wall Street Journal report yesterday claiming that nearly US$700 million in 1MDB’s funds were deposited into Najib’s private Ambank accounts shortly before the 13th general election.

“To clear his name, AmBank should confirm or deny whether the account numbers revealed by WSJ under Najib’s name really exist. (more…)

Mara scam – ‘Suspend Annuar Musa too’

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Two of Mara’s top executives in its investment arm may have been suspended over an alleged property scam but more heads must roll, demanded DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

He said this in reference to Mara’s announcement on Thursday that Mara Inc chairperson Mohammad Lan Allani and Mara Inc CEO Abdul Halim Abdul Rahim were suspended pending an official investigation.

Lim questioned the timing of the late suspension, pointing out that Mara chairperson Annuar Musa was already briefed about the properties involved in the scam in May last year. (more…)

WSJ: Our report solid, Najib saw probe papers

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Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today defended its investigative article accusing the prime minister of embezzlement, saying it was based on government investigations, the report of which was seen by Najib Abdul Razak himself.

In its report yesterday, WSJ revealed that almost US$700 million in 1MDB’s funds had been deposited into Najib’s private bank accounts through proxies.

“It is a serious investigation. The documents that we saw have been shared with the Malaysian attorney-general and others in the government.
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‘No outright denial by Najib raises red flag’

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s refusing to issue an outright denial over allegations that almost US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) of 1MDB’s fund was deposited into his private bank accounts is raising a red flag, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said today.

Lim pointed out that even though the media reported Najib denying the allegation made by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the prime minister skirted around the question of whether state funds had indeed entered his accounts.

“What Najib said last night was ‘I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed’. (more…)

Report on Najib based on solid info, not political, says WSJ

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Wall Street Journal Hong Kong bureau chief Ken Brown says the business daily is very careful with reports linking leaders to missing funds. – Twitter screenshot, July 4, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday refuted the Wall Street Journal’s claim that billions of ringgit were transferred into his personal accounts but the business daily has defended the article, saying the report was based on investigations and solid documentation.
In an interview with CNBC, WSJ Hong Kong bureau chief Ken Brown said they had been very careful with the report, given the nature that it is against a country’s leader.

“We are very careful and we believe the investigation and documents we have are solid and come from reliable investigation and not a political investigation.

“It’s a significant story and we take it very seriously. (more…)

July 4, 2015

Two dams too many, Sarawakians’ sanity barely afloat

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Adenan Satem is asking for another five years because he thinks he can do a lot to make Sarawakians happy before he calls it a day, by which time he will be 84, or 85?

Like I said many times in the past, yes, the chief minister of Sarawak is a very powerful man.

You will be surprised how very powerful a person can be if he is the chief minister. He can do many things that others can’t, even moving mountains and stretching boundaries.

Adenan hasn’t started doing that, but the guy before him did a lot to the mountains and boundaries. He not only moved and stretched them, but drowned them, caused them to be flooded until you can no longer recognise the land. (more…)

Sarawak Dayak National Union too weak to unite Dayaks

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When William Mawan spoke about wanting to get Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) to work towards uniting the Dayaks, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

While SDNU, which Dayaks loved to be associated with in the 60s and 70s right up to the early 80s,  looks like a perfect unity vehicle, Mawan doesn’t come across as the right Dayak to speak of Dayak unity, even via SDNU.

SDNU has always been there for Dayaks, but the same cannot be said for most of its leaders, past or present. (more…)

Could this be the Smoking Gun for Malaysia’s PM?

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Could this be the Smoking Gun for Malaysia’s PM?

Now what, honey?

Najib said by Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report to divert US$700 million in 1MDB funds into his own accounts.

The publication today, Friday July 3, of devastating articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Sarawak Report tying Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to the diversion of nearly US$700 million from the state-backed 1Malaysia Development Bhd into his own accounts could be the final blow to bring down a leader who has been bullet proof from years of charges against his integrity. (more…)

How much taxes have Najib, 1MDB, Jho Low paid, asks Dr Mahathir

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to know if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the executives in 1Malaysia Development Bhd paid their taxes or were exempt from doing so. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 3, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned if the Inland Revenue Board has investigated the taxes paid by certain high-profile individuals including the prime minister and executives in 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and businessman Low Taek Jho.

In his latest blog posting, the former prime minister said that of late, there has been some selectivity in the focus of the “income tax people”.

He added that while the executives in government-owned state fund 1MDB were paid high salaries, Datuk Seri Najib Razak was not paid anything as adviser to 1MDB, but said the government paid allowances, including utility and transportation bills for the prime minister. (more…)

PM threatens full force of law against critics

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today threatened to use the “full force of law” against critics who had accused him of stealing state funds.

He issued the ultimatum after accusing former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of masterminding the allegations against him.<

“Those who continue to mount these attacks should be prepared to face the consequences of their actions.

“These gutter tactics – in some cases, criminal tactics – to overthrow the government will fail. (more…)

Malaysian PM dismisses funds report as ‘political sabotage’

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday dismissed as “political sabotage” a report that a probe into a state-owned investment fund had found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to his personal bank accounts.

The investment vehicle, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), denied any wrongdoing after the Wall Street Journal said that nearly $700 million moved through government agencies, banks and companies linked to the fund before ending up in Najib’s accounts.

The newspaper cited documents it said it had obtained, including bank transfer forms and flow charts prepared by government investigators as the basis for its report. (more…)

MACC pledges professional probe on Najib

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The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission pledges there will be an independent and professional investigations into allegations that millions of ringgit from 1MDB were deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s bank accounts through proxies.

In a statement this evening, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull (photo) said looking at the media reports, particular on one of the transactions involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, it found that elements brought up are within the ambit of MACC’s authority.

“This issue falls within it and becomes the basis of MACC investigations in line with the MACC Act 2009. We have already begun a probe into the matter.” (more…)

Dr M: Why hasn’t tax dept raided Seri Perdana?

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Has the taxman ever paid a visit to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak?

That’s the question posed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who wants to know how much the Inland Revenue Board has collected from Najib.

“The income tax people are always on the lookout for people who live beyond their means. They would raid these people and would force them to pay additional tax, should they feel that the culprits have not paid up fully on their wealth. (more…)

Investigators Believe Money Flowed to Malaysian Leader Najib’s Accounts Amid 1MDB Probe

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Information from doctored documents?

Prime Minister Najib’s bank accounts are scrutinized during investigation of investment fund 1MDB

Malaysian investigators scrutinizing a controversial government investment fund have traced nearly $700 million of deposits into what they believe are the personal bank accounts of Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, according to documents from a government probe. (more…)

Let ‘Three Tuns’ decide Najib’s fate

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In view of the latest allegations, an opposition leader has called on Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to step up to the plate and tell his boss, Najib Abdul Razak, to go on leave.

Following this, Lim Kit Siang said a three-person committee of national elders, comprising two former premiers “Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and ex-deputy prime minister, Tun Musa Hitam”, should decide whether and the conditions on which Najib should return to resume the top post.
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Malaysians unimpressed by PMO’s response to WSJ report

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak has received billions in his personal bank accounts from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, says The Wall Street Journal.  – The Malaysia Insider file pic, July 3, 2015.Social media users appeared to be neither impressed nor convinced by Putrajaya’s statement refuting The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report which alleged that Datuk Seri Najib Razak had billions of ringgit transferred into his accounts.

Facebook users have been berating the prime minister on his profile page on the social network all day in their comments on the official statement issued by his office this morning.

There was no shortage of anger, irritation and sarcasm in the more than 400 comments on Najib’s Facebook page within two hours of the statement’s posting. (more…)

Will MACC investigation into WSJ allegations yield action?

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At least one government authority involved in the operation probe of state-investment arm 1MBD has confirmed obtaining documents linked to alleged deposit of nearly US$700 million into what is believed are personal bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

This is despite both 1MDB and the Prime Minister’s Office’s attempts to raise doubt over the existence of the documents and its credibility, as reported by American financial daily The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and UK-based whistleblower website Sarawak Report on July 3. (more…)

Najib refutes WSJ report, blames Dr Mahathir

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A screengrab of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s latest Facebook posting. – July 3, 2015. Datuk Seri Najib Razak has come out to refute what he termed as unsubstantiated and outrageous allegations against him and his family, saying he had never taken funds for personal gains from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) or any other entities.

In his latest Facebook posting, Najib said the false allegations were part of a concerted campaign of political sabotage to topple a democratically elected prime minister.

He added that these attacks began when he refused to implement Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s personal demands, adding that the former prime minister then “created a crisis” by recklessly claiming that RM42 million was missing from 1MDB. (more…)

Najib didn’t take our money, insists 1MDB

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1MDB and its subsidiary, Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd, insisted in two separate statements today that none of its funds went to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

1MDB said this in response to a report in The Wall Street Journal(WSJ) today that said almost US$700 million in funds from 1MDB went into Najib’s personal bank accounts.

“In reference to media reports published earlier today, 1MDB wishes to make clear that the company has never provided any funds to the prime minister. (more…)

Embezzlement claim: ‘PM has to step down now’

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Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua has called on the cabinet to insist that Najib Abdul Razak takes leave as prime minister while startling allegations of embezzlement against him are investigated.

“This is already considered a gentle call. In any other developed democracies, the prime minister would have resigned in a situation like this,” Pua, who is Petaling Jaya Utara MP, said.

A report by The Wall Street Journal today says Malaysian investigators have traced nearly US$700 million paid into what they believe are personal bank accounts of Najib. (more…)

Najib: Dr M masterminded claim I stole 1MDB’s money

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today accused former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad of masterminding the latest allegation of him siphoning money from 1MDB.

“The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain.

“I believe Tun (Mahathir), working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie,” he said in a statement tonight. (more…)

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