Hornbill Unleashed

August 1, 2014

Najib, Pak Lah and Mahathir also named in banknote graft case, says WikiLeaks

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Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 30, 2014.TMI

Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his two predecessors and several former ministers have been named in the gag order obtained by the Australian government that censors the media there from reporting about a multi-million dollar corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed on 30-07-2014.

The case involves the Reserve Bank of Australia’s subsidiary companies Securency and Note Printing Australia.

Employees from both companies are alleged to have bribed foreign officials in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam from 1999 to 2004 to win banknote printing contracts.

Besides Najib, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin were among prominent Malaysian politicians named in the injunction.

Also named were former international trade and industry minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and former foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

It also included a sister–in-law of Abdullah, who is identified only as Noni in the injunction.

WikiLeaks had managed to obtain a copy of the super injunction order, which had been granted to prevent damage to Australia’s international relations.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the orders had been made on the grounds that it was necessary to prevent prejudice to the interests of the Commonwealth in relation to national security.

“The orders were deemed necessary to prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice that cannot be prevented by other reasonably available means.”

Assange had criticised the Australian government for obtaining the super injunction, accusing them of gagging and blindfolding the Australian public.

“This is not simply a question of the Australian government failing to give this international corruption case the public scrutiny it is due,” Assange said.

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop must explain why she is threatening every Australian with imprisonment in an attempt to cover up an embarrassing corruption scandal involving the government.”

The bribery allegations first surfaced in 2009, which at the time prompted Australian Federal Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to begin separate probes.

In 2010, the MACC detained three individuals linked to the supply of RM5 polymer notes following a report that Securency had offered bribes to officials in Malaysia.

All three, including a businessman, were charged with taking RM11.3 million to secure the contract from Bank Negara Malaysia and to ensure that the government of Malaysia opted for the polymer notes.

Abdullah, who is popularly known as Pak Lah, had in 2011, denied allegations that the two Australian firms attempted to bribe him for a RM100 million Malaysian currency contract during his tenure as prime minister.

The attempt is believed to be related to the deal to supply the RM5 polymer notes that began circulating in 2004.

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8 Comments »

  1. Mahathir is calling for internet censorship to ‘protect morality’. His intention to curb freedom of internet is not really directed at sex immorality but the dissent against BN government. Najib will not have political courage to make such a move as internet freedom is a great tide that has freed the minds of billions of netizens. No way can BN control the mindset of Malaysians through its mouthpiece(BN-cronies controlled newspapers). Mahathir is worried of all the dirty corruption scandals and wrong doings that the mainstream controlled press do not report are exposed in the internet and read by the general public. When asked many times during the last general election about the lack of opposition parties’ access to the mainstream news media, ruling UMNO government consistently said it was a level playing field – the opposition had access to the internet to express their viewpoints. If the internet is censored, the public willl only hear of the “good news” from the government. Scandals like the National Feedlot corporation abuse of funds will never be exposed.

    Comment by Salbila — August 2, 2014 @ 11:54 AM | Reply

  2. Ha ha ha…macam ini punya cerita bagus lah. We have managed to export our corruption culture overseas!

    Comment by Brian — August 2, 2014 @ 9:16 AM | Reply

    • WikiLeaks revealed that our PM, DPM and senior cabinet Ministers including the fast talking lady Rafidah Aziz were a bunch of thieves !!
      This was done all in the ” defence of Islam ” !!!

      Comment by Salbila — August 2, 2014 @ 12:00 PM | Reply

  3. Look at what they did to their Tasmanian Forest,Forking Crocodile Dundee..Oouch!!!

    Comment by Lok1 — August 2, 2014 @ 6:21 AM | Reply

  4. We welcome Australia to be the latest member to join the ASIAN corruption club. Congrats.

    Comment by Bugau — August 1, 2014 @ 1:50 PM | Reply

    • $$$$$$$ spinning the world round & round.

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 1, 2014 @ 1:58 PM | Reply

      • Why do we feel compelled to protect the crooks in these governments including Australia. Malaysia taxpayers pay for that Rm 11 million bribe. Its about time some of these crooks face justice, knowing the non independent judiciary, they will off with a technicality as usual. Apart from Anwar, has any UMNO person been found guilt or corruption?

        Comment by Salbila — August 2, 2014 @ 12:02 PM | Reply

  5. It looks like….Waaaaah, lagi satu berita untok Bodohland dah Famous antara bangsa lah, huat aaaaah…..!

    Comment by tiuniamah — August 1, 2014 @ 11:39 AM | Reply


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