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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MO1 is Najib, but why didn't DOJ name him, asks Rahman Dahlan

Putrajaya has officially confirmed that the Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) mentioned 36 times in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) civil suit related to 1MDB is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
"I've said it openly. Obviously, if you read the documents, it is the prime minister," Umno minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan was quoted by British media network BBC as saying today.
"But, I have also said, why didn't the DOJ name him by his proper name? That's because he is not part of this investigation.
"There have been other people who are named… and the Department of Justice will take this to the courts and the courts will decide," Rahman (photo) told BBC.
However, the minister in the Prime Minister's Department said Najib should not take responsibility for the failure of the state investment fund.
"He has taken responsibility by putting a new team in place at 1MDB.
"But just because a few NGOs and the opposition are calling for him to vacate his seat, he shouldn't do that. That's too much," said Rahman, who is also BN strategic communications director.
Gov't never confirmed identity of MO1
It is believed that MO1 was the prime minister himself, but the government has never confirmed it since the DOJ filed its forfeiture lawsuit on July 20.
Rahman has previously stopped short of revealing the identity of MO1, saying that only an idiot did not know who MO1 is.
The minister has also defended Najib as not being the subject of the US investigation into 1MDB, as the probe did not in any way implicate the prime minister.
On July 20, DOJ filed civil suits to seize assets in the United States that it claimed were purchased using funds siphoned from 1MDB. It plans to return the proceeds from the sales of these assets to Malaysia.
It did not name "MO1" but described him as a senior government official who was previously investigated by Malaysian authorities for receiving US$681 million in his personal bank account.
Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, and Jho Low, the businessman reportedly close to the prime minister’s family, were named in the DOJ suit.
Also named were Abu Dhabi government officials Khadem Abdulla Al-Qubaisi and Mohammed Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny.
Al Qubaisi and Al-Husseiny are former officials in a sovereign fund in Abu Dhabi that participated in deals with 1MDB.

Malaysian attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has cleared Najib of receiving US$681 million on the grounds that it was a "donation" from the Arab royal family, but the DOJ said the money came from 1MDB.
The DOJ said at least US$3.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB and seeks to confiscate US$1 billion in assets, purportedly acquired with the stolen money.
Najib denied any wrongdoing in the matter and said he has never taken public funds for personal gain. - Mkini

DAP, PKR reps, students probed for 'sabotaging democracy'

DAP's Rasah MP Teo Kok Seong, PKR's Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, students and an activist, were among those called to give statements over the Tangkap MO1 rally last weekend.
They arrived at the Dang Wangi police district headquarters at about 11am today.
Nik Nazmi said they are being investigated for allegedly "sabotaging democracy" and contravening the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and Sedition Act 1948.

"It is regrettable as we just celebrated Independence Day yesterday.
"The students showed immense courage in organising the rally to uphold justice over the scandals plaguing our country, but they are hauled up by police," he said.
Teo said while he did speak at the rally, he did so in his personal capacity when urged by the organisers, whom he had not met before.
The others called up by the police are students Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, Aqilah Zainuzi, Amir Abd Hadi, Luqman Hakim, Luqman Nulhakim and Suhail Wan Azahar and activist Isaiah Jacob.
[More to follow]

Finally, gov't officially admits Najib is MO1

MP SPEAKS At long last, the Malaysian government has officially admitted that the 'Malaysian Official 1' mentioned 36 times in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuits for forfeiture of US$1 billion of assets as a result of an international conspiracy of  theft, embezzlement, misappropriation and money-laundering of US$3.5 billion 1MDB funds is none other than the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
If the Malaysian government is going to make such an admission six weeks after the US DOJ lawsuits on July 20, why didn’t the prime minister and the government make such an admission promptly and immediately after the DOJ actions, especially as the Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of EPU, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, had said, “only an idiot doesn’t know who that person was” as there is no secret who is Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) mentioned in the DOJ civil lawsuits, as everyone who has read the court documents or is familiar with the issues would know who is the person being referred to.
Is Abdul Rahman, who made such an official admission in the interview with BBC, or the prime minister capable of offering an answer to this question?
Why the government’s cat-and-mouse game for the past six weeks as to who is MO1, to the extent that it prompted a 'TangkapM01' campaign, including a demonstration organised by university students last Saturday?
Furthermore, how many cabinet ministers knew from the beginning six weeks ago that MO1 was Najib, and can they explain why the ministers shied away from the subject of the DOJ lawsuits in the cabinet for the past six weeks?
Is this because the ministers dare not raise the subject, as it directly affects the prime minister, and the prime minister in Malaysia has long ceased to be 'primus inter pares' in the system of Malaysian governance but is virtually the 'Master' over all the ministers, who are totally at his beck-and-call?
However, after the belated 'six-week overdue' official admission that MO1 is Najib, it is the height of national cowardice and irresponsibility if the cabinet does not resolve that the prime minister should personally address the UN general assembly to purge and cleanse Malaysia’s reputation as a 'global kleptocracy' and convince the world community of the Malaysian government’s commitment to public integrity.
Disappointing National Day message
I had hoped that the Prime Minister, in his 59th National Day message, would start the process to purge and cleanse Malaysia of the international indictment as a global kleptocracy as a result of the US DOJ’s largest global kleptocracy action against 1MDB and Malaysia, directly implicating Najib as prime minister, but to my great disappointment, Najib conspicuously avoided this sensitive subject in his National Day address.
When Najib became prime minister in April 2009, he prided himself as being the ‘Father of Transformation’ or ‘Bapa Transformasi’ with a spate of transformation initiatives and an alphabet soup of acronyms such as 1Malaysia, ETP, GTP, NKRA, NKEA, SRI, NEM, BR1M and KR1M, just to name a few.
But Najib’s latest transformation of Malaysia into a global kleptocracy overnight is the greatest shame and infamy to befall the country in the nation’s 59-year history under six prime ministers.
What is even most embarrassing and incriminating is that although the DOJ actions are 'civil action in rem' for forfeiture for 1MDB-linked money-laundered assets in the US, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, they do not preclude criminal action, as the forfeiture is but a first step to prevent dissipation of the specified assets.
But Malaysia cannot wait for such criminal proceedings and their outcome in the US, for Malaysia’s reputation and good name have been blemished and tarnished in our  'transformation' into a global kleptocracy.
What is worse, the Malaysian state investment fund, 1MDB, is not only the subject of the world’s largest single action against money-laundering and forfeiture of assets as a result of multi-billion dollar kleptocracy, "public officials and their associates" are publicly named as being active participants and co-conspirators in an international conspiracy from 2009 to 2013, to “fraudulently divert billions of dollars from 1MDB through various means, including by defrauding foreign banks and by sending foreign wire communications in furtherance of the scheme, and thereafter, to launder the proceeds of that criminal conduct, including in and through US financial institutions”.
Now, a cabinet minister has admitted that the highest-level Malaysian 'public official' - MO1 - is none other than the prime minister himself.
In his 59th National Day Message, Najib called on Malaysians to value the “moments of unity” and decried the “moments of disunity”.
Unfortunately, never before have there been more "moments of disunity" under Najib’s premiership when compared to the first five prime ministers - Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

One of the issues causing unprecedented "moments of disunity" and disharmony among Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, is the damning international indictment of Malaysia as an overnight global kleptocracy.
If Najib is serious in wanting to promote “moments of unity”, and reduce the “moments of disunity”, he should assume the greatest challenge of his premiership to address the United Nations general assembly at the end of the month to purge and cleanse Malaysia’s good name and reputation from being identified as a global kleptocracy.
Is Najib capable of rising up to this greatest challenge of his premiership - to address the UN general assembly to purge and cleanse the damning international indictment of Malaysia as a global kleptocracy?

LIM KIT SIANG is the DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP. -Mkini

Dyana Sofya tears up Razlan's list on 'DAP disrespect of Malays'

DAP Youth leader Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud tears up Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Razlan Rafii's list of evidence of DAP disrespecting the Malays.
"I am called to respond to Razlan’s rebuttal statement dated Aug 31, 2016 in which he listed out 'evidence' of DAP disrespecting the Malays," she said in a press statement today.
Citing the 2014 Oktoberfest attended by DAP leaders as mentioned by Razlan, Dyana said government ministers should stop attending diplomatic functions if the latter's theory stood.
"Oktoberfest is now an international event celebrated throughout the world and is not merely about drinking alcohol, as Razlan wants to imply.
"The particular Oktoberfest celebration attended by DAP MPs was not organised by DAP and those who attended did so in response to an invitation," she added.
"Is Razlan suggesting that politicians should not attend events simply because there is alcohol served? In that case, government ministers should stop attending diplomatic functions as well.
"To suggest that Malays are easily offended by what other people eat or drink would be to insult the intelligence of the majority of Malays. Just because Razlan himself may have such narrow-minded views, he should not assume everyone else to be as shallow," she said.
Dyana also reminded Razlan (photo) about Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin referring the party members as lackeys (macai) and BN Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad stating that the 'Malaysian Official 1' mentioned in the US Department of Justice lawsuits was the Agong.
"I wonder if Razlan is aware that it is Umno who believes it is okay to refer to their members who are all Malays as 'macai'. In DAP everyone is treated as equal, while Umno views people as lackeys.
"It is Umno which has consistently insulted the Malays by using fear to disempower the Malays for their own political gain.
"As an Umno youth grassroots leader, I am not surprised that Razlan has a distorted idea of what constitutes as an insult to Malays," she said.
Razlan should understand that Malays crave to be free from a political party that deigns to represent them but in fact cheats them, Dyana added.
"Unfortunately, when any Malay dares to stand up against Umno, they are immediately warned that their entire race would be 'destroyed' if Umno loses power."
'Opposing bill doesn't mean opposing Islam'
On DAP's opposition to Act 355 which could pave way for the implementation of hudud, Dyana asked why it is not disrespectful when BN allies such as Gerakan, MCA and MIC criticise it.
"Opposing the hudud bill does not mean opposing Islam. How can that be the case when lawmakers are merely exercising their duties to debate every law that is tabled, especially when they have far-reaching consequences?" she stressed.
Dyana also defended Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming's twitter greetings, which used the phrases "In God we trust" and "Lord, guide our nation to you".
"Just because these prayers are written in English do not automatically make them Christian prayers.
"But even so, that in no way justifies Razlan’s actions in organising a violent demonstration at the DAP headquarters. As far as I know, we have not received any apology for the ruckus caused although police reports have been made," she said.
Razlan’s ignorance about the Malaysian electoral system is very worrying, Dyana noted.
"In case he does not know, Teluk Intan is a parliamentary seat. Hence I fail to understand how contesting in Teluk Intan would enable anyone to become a menteri besar candidate in Perak."
Razlan had alleged that DAP lobbied for the Perak menteri besar post, and was forced to recruit Malays like Dyana when it realised only a Malay can hold the post.
Dyana went into the ethnic composition of Selangor city councils, which are made up of about 60 percent Malay councillors, despite them representing only 53 percent of the state's population.
"Penang city councils proportionately represent the population of Penang by ethnicity," she rebutted.

"Based on Razlan’s statements and actions, it would appear that he thinks Malays are lackeys who are easily insulted and have popiah paper-thin tolerance on ethnic and cultural differences. I won’t be surprised because he probably was trained to be a macai chief, just how his party wants him to be."
Dyana then urged Razlan to reconsider his views and apologise to all Malaysians, especially Malays for underestimating their intelligence, and if he fails to do so, then he does not deserve to be called a “youth leader”.
"Finally, I would like to invite Razlan to 'like' and 'follow' the Roketkini page on Facebook so that he can keep himself up-to-date with our party’s initiatives which cross race, gender and class boundaries," she said. - Mkini


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency announced on Monday that it had charged and remanded (ie held in prison) a former Chief Of Army and Chief Of Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Aziz Zainal.
Malay political and cultural reality dictates that regardless of the merits of the charges against him, General Aziz will be seen by his men to have been humiliated by a Government that has been slow to move on far larger cases of corruption like 1 MDB.
His troops will draw parallels between the treatment of their chief (it matters not that he has retired) and Jho Low of 1 MDB infamy.Questions will also be asked about Riza Aziz , PM Najib’s step-son who is said to have directly benefited from Jho Low’s theft.

Jen (ret) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Zainal
Malaysian soldiers and their leaders are not likely to overthrow their government in an armed revolt, but the Government does rely on them as voters, both in their constituencies and for their postal votes.
Given the treatment of their chief, compliance with orders on how and where to vote can no longer be taken for granted. The Government and UMNO may have lost a substantial bank of voters.


There is likely to be more than one AMBank employee who is aware of this and related transactions
ANZ’s former CEO Mike Smith who led the bank’s Asian expansion would know from the time he spent at HSBC in Kuala Lumpur that Malaysians in general are always (and I mean always) on the look out for a deal to at least supplement meager incomes, if not get rich quick.
Given that deal making propensity ,news of the the SEC’s recently reported USD 22 million payout (RM 88 million) to a whistle blower ,the largest this year and second only to its record payout of USD 30 million (RM 120 million) will prove too much for AMBank staff to resist.
Given the central role that AMBank and its ANZ led management played in the 1 MDB theft, which the US Justice Department described as the biggest case of kleptocracy ,fraud and theft it has ever seen, AMBank staff can be expected to have already done the math and determined that speaking to the SEC might well set them up for life.
David Gonski and ANZ’s AMBank money laundering problem has gotten even worse.
Whistleblower Gets $22 Million From SEC in Second-Biggest Award
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is giving $22 million, its second biggest payout ever, to a corporate insider who helped the regulator uncover a well-hidden fraud.
The whistleblower provided a “detailed tip and extensive assistance” that helped the SEC stop illicit conduct at the individual’s employer, according to a statement released Tuesday. The agency didn’t provide any information on the person’s identity or the company involved, citing federal law and the need to protect confidentiality.
The award was the largest since a $30 million payment announced in 2014. Whistleblowers are eligible for payouts if they voluntarily provide the SEC with unique information that leads to a successful enforcement action. Compensation can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected in a case beyond $1 million. The SEC said it has awarded more than $100 million since the inception of its whistle-blower program in 2011.
“Company employees are in unique positions behind-the-scenes to unravel complex or deeply buried wrongdoing,” said Jane Norberg, acting chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “Without this whistleblower’s courage, information, and assistance, it would have been extremely difficult for law enforcement to discover this securities fraud on its own.” – http://sahathevan.blogspot.com/

Union rages as Eaglexpress licence renewed, despite salary issues

The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) wants the authorities to explain why the air operator certificate (AOC) for charter airline Eaglexpress has been renewed despite its alleged financial woes.
Nufam said the staff members of Eaglexpress were still waiting for their back wages.
The certificate issued by the Department of Civil Aviation was issued on Aug 18 and it will expire on Aug 31, 2017.
"What is the real motive behind DCA's move to issue the licence in a hurry, despite knowing that the firm is facing financial problems?" Nufam secretary-general Mohd Azam asked in a statement.
However, when contacted, DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the department issues an AOC if an airline passes a technical audit.
Azharuddin said financial aspects are reviewed by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), where airlines are issued a Air Service Permit if they pass the financial audit.
"An operator must have both ASP and AOC to be able to operate," he told Malaysiakini.
Malaysiakini has contacted Mavcom and Eaglexpress on the matter.
'Promises remain promises'
According to Nufam, Eaglexpress last month promised to resolve all the salary arrears of its employees by the end of August but "promises remain promises".
"Many workers are waiting for salary arrears of up to three months. The company also did not make Employees Provident Fund and Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) contributions," Mohd Azam said.
Nufam also urged the Mavcom to closely monitor airline companies for financial viability.
"If they do not have the financial capability then it is best to just seal their offices.
"Don't waste time investigating, since it brings no benefits and problems remain unresolved," Mohd Azam said.
He also urged Mavcom to do its duty before anti-graft officers come knocking on their doors.
"We understand some workers are already collating evidence to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission," he said.
An Eaglexpress spokesperson told mStar in June that all salary and allowance arrears would be cleared up before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which fell on July 6.

The spokesperson said the airline had been facing financial issues since February, but was back in business after receiving the IATA safety audit certificate.
Founded in 2012, Eaglexpress is a charter operator carrying Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the haj and umrah.
Mavcom in June suspended budget carrier Rayani Air's operating licence, after it failed to pay its pilots, resulting in a strike that left hundreds of passengers stranded.- Mkini

Razlan lists 'evidence' of DAP's disrespect of Malays

Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Razlan Rafii today listed out what he says is evidence of DAP's "disrespect" of Malays.
This after 13 Malay DAP members issued a joint statement rebutting his claim, and accused Umno of treating Malays like "chicken".
Razlan's list includes DAP MPs attending Oktoberfest, which he said is "not Malaysian culture", and opposing amendments to Act 355, which could pave the way for the hudud.
He also cited DAP's Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming's alleged online Hari Raya Aidilfitri greeting, which had the United States flag in the background and the words 'In God We Trust' alleged to be "Christian prayer".
The posting on Nga's unofficial Facebook fan page on Hari Raya eve on July 5 also had the words 'Lord, guide our nation back to you'.
Other instances of "DAP disrespect" cited by Razlan was former DAP grassroots leader Hew Kuan Yau's calling supporters to "screw Malays".
"What does he mean?" Razlan said.
Hew, who quit the party following public pressure, said this in a speech while campaigning in the Sarawak election but defended it as not racist as he was referring to the corrupt.
Razlan also claimed DAP "slaughtered five pigs in Penang to celebrate DAP's victory as the dominant party in Pakatan Rakyat after the 13th general election".
He also alleged that DAP lobbied for the Perak Menteri Besar post, and was forced to recruit Malays like Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, its candidate for Teluk Intan, when it realised only a Malay can be MB.
"Are all these untrue and mere slander? The 13 Malay DAP lackeys, please reply and elaborate," he said.
Razlan said DAP influence in DAP-led Penang and PKR-led Selangor has seen residents sidelined according to race.
'No ethnic balance'
"We can see that there is hardly any representative from other races in the local government in Selangor, with spots taken by DAP representatives who are not on the ground. In Penang, there is almost no other race," he said.

He did not specify which ethnicity has dominated the local government but DAP has been repeatedly accused by Umno of being a "Chinese party".
He said DAP fields only a handful non-Chinese candidates in elections because "they do not accept ethnicity matters in the country".
"So to these new DAP members, please read up and understand DAP's ideology," he said. - Mkini