Astonishingly, Malaysia has a sitting Prime Minister who has now been forced to admit that he received tens of millions of ringgit into his private accounts out of the KWAP civil service pension fund.
It is known that he sacked the previous Attorney General, who had drafted charges over this theft and then appointed the new one, who immediately ‘cleared’ him, despite open objections by the MACC.
Excuse was PM didn’t know!
Having first denied Najib had taken the money, AG Apandi later revised his position and gave the explanation that the Prime Minister had not realised where the money had come from.
Najib had told him that he’d thought the money had come from the generous anonymous ‘donation’ from ‘somewhere in the Middle East’, which the Prime Minister claims he received (the FBI say they have traced every cent of that money back to the development fund 1MDB).
How Apandi gave the game away at the same time as ‘clearing’ Najib
Nevertheless, Najib has not been required to pay the money back to KWAP, which was originally ‘borrowed’ by the 1MDB subsidiary SRC International. The Prime Minister has explained that he only spent it on CSR (corporate and social responsibility) matters on behalf of 1MDB.
Yet various payments already identified were in fact made to builders, jewellers, luxury goods providers and anti-aging specialists.
Remaining payments must be made public
Since the money received by the Prime Minister has now been confirmed as public money, paid in by civil servants to sustain their pensions, there can be no longer any excuse not to account for each and every one of these ‘corporate and social responsibility’ expenditures, most of which remain hidden.
A document waved by Apandi at his press conference in which he cleared the Prime Minister showed that 17 persons had received cash from these accounts. Unless we hear who these persons were, how much they received and for what purpose, people are absolutely entitled to assume they were bribes (using their own stolen savings).
17 ‘recipients’ (people paid), according to Apandi’s own document
RM10 million paid February 10th 2015
Likewise, consider the highly coincidental and (until a proper explanation is given) highly suspicious receipt of RM10 million placed into Najib’s account on the significant date of 10th February 2015.
This payment was amongst the first to be identified by both Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal when they exploded the scandal of the PM’s accounts in March.
How the money flowed, according to MACC investigations
February 10th 2015 was none other than the historic day that five Federal Court judges opted to imprison the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of sodomy – charges of which he had been originally acquitted after a lengthy trial.
It is now public knowledge that these accusations against Anwar had first seen the light of day when they were discussed by none other than Najib himself and the alleged victim, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, just days before that young man made his police report.
As a temporary worker for Anwar, the former BN supporting student activist had come to Najib’s house to discuss the allegations, together with the prosecutor Shafee Abdullah, as Najib has now finally admitted (after first lying that the conversation had not taken place).
After that initial meeting, sources have told Sarawak Report that Najib’s wife Rosmah called round friends and told them “we have got him!”, meaning Anwar.
Najib’s key legal consultant, Shafee Abdullah. He was officially paid peanuts to conduct the trial…. so did any extra money find its way from the millions paid to Najib through SRC? Only publication of these payments can lay to rest the rumours.
However, after a lengthy trial Anwar had in fact been acquitted in the High Court, where the original judge dismissed the case owing to lack of evidence.
It was only after the prosecution astonishingly appealed that acquittal (violating the principle of double-jeopardy) that a ‘guilty’ verdict was finally achieved.
The Federal Court upheld that guilty verdict on February 10th, after Shafee was brought in as a special private prosecutor – again in violation of normal proper procedure. Shafee (who acts as Najib’s lawyer in every delicate situation) had argued that the proposed prison sentence be increased from 5 years to 20, which was in the end rejected.
The five judges are said to have walked into the court that day with two alternative judgements prepared: one finding the opposition leader guilty and the other not guilty.
It is for such reasons that Najib must explain and prove exactly what the RM10 million he received into his account that day was spent on; because the whole world is otherwise entitled to make a simple division and put two and two together.
For the sake of the honour of his appeal court judges, Najib must account for that cash and dispel the growing rumour and suspicion engendered by the simple sum and coincidental date.
Another RM32 m ‘CSR’ payments hit Najib’s accounts at the end of December 2014…. what were they spent on?
In an extraordinary twist, a new Malaysian website has conflated George Soros, Tony Blair, former US Vice President Al Gore, the “Clinton team,” the aristocratic Rothschild family, Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy chief Andrew McCabe, former golfing buddy and US President Barack Obama, UK critic Clare Rewcastle Brown and her husband, unnamed individuals from the Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan investment banks, and a flock of locals into elements of a conspiracy “to restructure the East Asian economy and political landscape,” but particularly arrayed against Malaysia and its prime minister Najib Razak.
The website, “Malaysia Outlook,” written by the pseudonymous “Third Force,” has printed four exhaustive articles detailing the conspiracy, “a nexus of associations linking key individuals, establishments, institutions and agencies, complicit with global elites to effect regime changes in Malaysia and Indonesia.”
In fact, however, the website appears to be the latest attempt to protect Najib from public scrutiny of overwhelming international evidence of his complicity in the biggest scandal in Malaysian history, the theft of at least US$2.5 billion and perhaps as much as US$4 billion from 1Malaysia Development Bhd., the state-backed investment firm that was so disastrously overseen that it is believed to have lost as much as RM50 billion (US$11.316 billion) through theft and mismanagement. An unknown amount of that money allegedly went to finance Red Granite Pictures, the Hollywood entity that produced the blockbuster movie “Wolf of Wall Street. “
The lead investigation is in the hands of the US Justice Department, which in July issued a 136-page document alleging that “over the course of an approximately four year period, between approximately 2009 and at least 2013, multiple individuals, including public officials and their associates, conspired 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 and through U.S financial institutions.
“The funds diverted from 1MDB were used for the personal benefit of the co-conspirators and their relatives and associates, including to purchase luxury real estate in the United States, pay gambling expenses in Las Vegas casinos, acquire more than US$100 million in artwork, invest in a major New York development project, and fund the production of major Hollywood films. 1MDB maintained no interest in these assets and saw no returns on these investments.”
For months, Najib and his cronies in the United Malays National Organization, the country’s biggest political party, have been attempting to wriggle free from domestic and international charges over the theft of the money. According to multiple sources in Kuala Lumpur, he has survived as prime minister primarily by bribing the 190-odd cadres who determine the leadership of UMNO to keep him in power. UMNO leadership confers automatic status as prime minister.
Against devastating articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Sarawak Report, Asia Sentinel and other publications, Najib, who is alleged to have diverted at least US$681 million and perhaps as much as US$1 billion into his own accounts, is believed to have mounted a flurry of online fake new outlets, the best-funded of which appears to be Malaysia Outlook.
Malaysia Outlook is said to be the brainchild of Habibur Rahman Kadir Shah, an accountant and a long-time associate of Najib Razak. Habibur was previously an UMNO Youth head in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Petaling Jaya when Najib was national youth head. The two became close friends.
“Najib has given control of running the media hounds to Habibur, who has been at it since Najib became Prime Minister,” said a well-connected political source in Kuala Lumpur. Habibur, in addition to serving as the informal media dictator to the Star, the New Straits Times Press and TV3 – the three most prominent English-language media outlets – is reportedly the controller and paymaster, with Najib’s money, for the bloggers who write for Malaysia Outlook, including Raja Petra Kamarudin, who formerly was a major opposition blogger but who has since joined Najib’s crew.
The key members of the team are said to be Raja Petra Kamarudin, universally known as RPK, as well as Rahmat Haniff, the son of a former Inspector General of Police Haniff Omar , who calls himself seademon, and Zakir Mohamad,* who writes a blog called bigdogdotcom. They are said to be paid well to produce what appears to be the very definition of fake news.
In recent weeks, the Malaysian government has raised the ante against opposition figures, briefly jailing Maria Chin Abdullah, the head of the electoral reform organization Bersih 2.0 (“clean”) and attacking the editor and publisher of Malaysiakini, the country’s most popular independent news website, on allegations they are in the pay of Soros, who is accused of attempting to destabilize the country.
But a close look at the US Justice Department document paints a picture not of an international conspiracy against Malaysia but of a breathtaking campaign to divert billions of dollars out of 1MDB and into the hands of the prime minister, known in the document as “Malaysian Official 1” and his family, beginning in 2009 with the diversion of funds into a corporate entity called “Good Star” under the pretense of investing in a middle-eastern oil exploration company called Petro Saudi.
As much as US$1 billon was allegedly diverted into Swiss bank account held by Good Star Ltd., whose beneficial owner was Jho Taek Low, better known as Jho Low, the youthful, rotund Penang-born financial whiz who convinced Najib to set up 1MDB in the first place.
As has been widely reported, billions more were diverted through an entity called Aabar-BVI, which “was created and named to give the impression that it was associated with Aabar Investments PJS,” a legitimate subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company, a state-owned Abu Dhabi investment concern.
And where did the money go? It poured into a stunning assortment of US real estate and other properties. That includes, but was not limited to:
THE L’ERMITAGE PROPERTY, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California 90210 – better known as L’Ermitage Hotel.
HILLCREST PROPERTY 1, a mansion at 912 North Hillcrest Road Beverly Hills, owned by a shell company.
PARK LAUREL CONDOMINIUM, real property located in New York, New York owned by Park Laurel Acquisition LLC, a shell company
BOMBARDIER JET: Global 5000 aircraft bearing manufacturer serial number 9265, registration number N689WM.
TIME WARNER PENTHOUSE: located in New York, New York owned by 80 Columbus Circle (NYC) LLC, a shell company.
ORIOLE MANSION: real property located in Los Angeles, California, owned by Oriole Drive (LA) LLC, a shell company.
GREENE CONDOMINIUM: real property located in New York, New York owned by the 118 Greene Street, a shell company.
EMI ASSETS: including copyright and intellectual property rights, as well as the right to collect and receive any profits, royalties, and proceeds of distribution owned by or owed to JW Nile (BVI), Ltd.; JCL Media, a shell company.
SYMPHONY CP (PARK LANE) LLC ASSETS: a Delaware limited liability company, owned, held or acquired, directly or indirectly, by Symphony CP Investments LLC and Symphony CP Investments Holdings LLC, shell companies that own the Park Lane Hotel at 36 Central Park South, New York, New York, 10019.
WALKER TOWER PENTHOUSE: located in New York, New York owned by 212 West 18th Street LLC, a shell company,
LAUREL BEVERLY HILLS MANSION: located in Beverly Hills, California, owned by Laurel Beverly Hills Holdings, LLC, a shell company.
HILLCREST PROPERTY 2: located in Beverly Hills, California owned by 1169 Hillcrest Road LLC, a shell company.
THE QENTAS TOWNHOUSE: located in London, United Kingdom, owned by Qentas Holdings Ltd., a shell company.
Those transactions are reported in exhaustive detail in the US Justice Department’s filing, which is worth reading for its entertainment value if not its educational value for the citizens of Malaysia. If it is fiction constructed to destabilize the country and bring down Najib, it is a far more sophisticated job than The Malaysia Outlook. Then again, the chances are better that it is real.
*Sheikh Muzzaffar was inadvertently identified as the blogger who writes bigdogdotcom. Asia Sentinel regrets the error.