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Thursday, July 27, 2017

John Mallot : Najib an international pariah

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What has happened to governance in Malaysia ?  "A letter to the Malaysian People"

John Malott :   

Some people were surprised when I said that the US government's seizure of assets - condos, mansions, hotels and art work - all of which were  purchased with money stolen from 1MDB and the Malaysian people - was only the beginning. 

It's true. There's lots more to come. 

There will be criminal indictments coming, most likely including Riza Aziz and Jho Low, who both are very closely connected to Prime Minister Najib Razak.  

There will be a mention in a future criminal prosecution of an "unindicted co-conspirator", who now is widely known as "Malaysian Official 1". When he no longer is in office, he will be indicted in th US. 

Here are some thoughts about what happens next on the US side. The US government already has seized these assets, or asked other governments, such as Switzerland and the UK, to seize them. 

They have been blocked. 

Under US law, the next step is for Aziz, Jho Low and others to try and prove in a court of law that the assets that were seized from them truly were purchased with their own money - and not from funds stolen from 1MDB. 

Of course, they cannot prove that. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing was meticulous, thorough and totally professional. The evidence is all there. It even includes the transcripts of wiretapped phone calls of a panicked Jho Low talking to his bankers.  

Thanks to the FBI and the DOJ, it is so clear. We know where the money came from.  It was stolen from the Malaysian people through 1MDB. 

Your money, not ours. 

As US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch and the others pointed out many times, the money was stolen from the people of Malaysia. The assets belong to  them. 

So the US government will hold all of the seized assets - the real estate, the paintings, the rights to "Wolf of Wall Street" etc - in trust on behalf of the people of Malaysia, from whom the money was stolen. 

The assets will not belong to the US government. 

(How ironic that the US attorney general seems to care more about this thievery than the Malaysian attorney-general does..) 

In the meantime, the US government will rent out Aziz's condo in New York and his Beverly Hills house. It will take over the management of the hotels in New York  and Beverly Hills  that were purchased by Jho Low with the stolen money. 

The US government will collect the profits from all future sales of the DVDs and TV rights of "The Wolf of Wall Street".  The Monet and Van Gogh paintings will go on exhibition somewhere, so everyone can enjoy. And so on. 

And all of the profit that is earned will be held in trust by the US government on behalf of the Malaysian people. It is your money, not ours.  

What about Rosmah's son, Riza ? 

Young Riza will soon be homeless. The US government has seized his homes. 

In order to save itself and the films it has in production (including a new film about George Washington, starring Leonardo DiCaprio), I predict that Red Granite Pictures will get rid of Aziz. 

So Aziz will be jobless too. 

When the US government files criminal charges against Aziz (and I am sure they will), they will ask the court to seize his passport so he cannot leave the US. 

The Malaysian Embassy in Washington may try to defraud the US government and issue a new passport to Aziz, with a new number, so he can leave the country. At that point, we will see how efficient the US government is at catching this. 

If the Malaysian government asks for the seized assets to be transferred back to them, the US will do so. 

But will Najib do that ? No. If Najib asks for the money back, it means that he is admitting that the money was stolen from the development fund that he headed, that the stolen money went to his stepson and his "advisor" Jho Low, and that he has been lying about this to the Malaysian people for years. 

So, of course he will never do that.  

Asking for the money back will have to wait for a future prime minister. 

And why would Najib want to ask "for the money back" when he and his family and cronies already have it - or have  spent it ? 

An international pariah. 

From an international viewpoint, this is the end of Najib.  He is an international pariah. The world now thinks he is a crook. He is a fraud. The world will want nothing to do with him. He will not be welcomed anywhere. When he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly next fall, there will be only 30 or so people in the room, mostly Malaysians. 

Other leaders will be embarrassed to be seen with him, to shake his hand, to be photographed with him. 

As for Rosmah, her credit at Hermes and Tiffany's and elsewhere is now cut off. Those luxury stores now know the money was not hers. it was stolen from the Malaysian people. They do not want to be complicit in international money laundering. They have their own reputations to protect. 

That is how the world will react. But how will the Malaysian people react ?  Will Najib get away with this, back in Malaysia ? 

I fear that the answer is yes. If so, it means that Malaysia is now in Mugabe-land. 

The inspector-general of police (IGP)  says that the US government never asked for cooperation from the Malaysian government in their investigation. Yet both the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and teh FBI have said that they cooperated with each other in this investigation. The IGP knows the truth, so why did he say otherwise ? Why did he lie ? 

The Malaysian AG says that this is all speculation and innuendo, and that there is no proof of the US government's charges. Yet the US government has issued a very thorough, professional and detailed 136-page filing evidence with th court. It i there for the AG to read. Instead, why did he choose to insult the integrity of the US government ? 

Why did he lie ? 

As long as Malaysia's IGP and AG continue to deny the truth in the face of the overwhelming facts, we know where this is going. 

How ironic it is, that is the US government - the FBI and the US Attorney-General - who are doing the job that the IGP and Malaysian AG should be doing. 

As US AG Lynch said, this is the Malaysian people's money. It is not America's. 

We want to give it back to you.

JOHN MALOTT is a former US ambassador to Malaysia,

Qatar Blockade Fails : Saudi Arabia Forced To U Turn

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US dishes dirt on Saudis to flush Gulf blockade on Qatar.
By  Finian Cunningham
(Finian Cunningham (born 1963) is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge)

Saudi Arabia made sudden U-turn on Qatar blockade. 
new list of six watered-down “principles of agreement” issued. 
ultimatum to shutter Al Jazeera no longer on list.

a bad week for Saudis in US media. 
slew of embarrassing stories got wide coverage
undermining Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Arabia capitulated in standoff with Qatar.
Qatar blockade

row between Qatar and Saudi Arabia worst flare up among oil monarchies 
All of the energy-rich sheikhdoms are American client regimes. 
prolonged rift posing danger to American strategic interests in region.

Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of “supporting terrorism”,  too friendly with Iran
Qatar accused of meddling in internal affairs of Arab neighbors, inciting instability.

Saudi blockade imposed 13 demands, deadline June 23 
Qataris simply ignored ultimatum.

One of the demands : to shutter Al Jazeera TV
betrayed despotic nature of Saudi Arabia 

standoff acutely discomfiting for Washington
association with despotic (Saudis) under sharp focus 

US rely on Qatar for main military base serving Middle East. 
American Central Command HQ in Qatar 
al Udeid airbase, 10,000 troops stationed, hub for US air strikes in Iraq, Syria
coordinating center - Afghanistan to Yemen.

America’s position predicated on unity between Sunni kingdoms. 
At stake is US military projection, global petrodollar monetary system 

US media cranked up damaging stories on Saudi Arabia 

1.  US media played up story on "skirt arrest"
  • prominent coverage on arrest of young Saudi woman for wearing skirt. 
  • US media went big on story. 
  • young lady promptly released from custody without charge.

                                                "I Kill You" - Saved by her hemline.

2.   Story of Saudi student facing beheading 
  • participated in anti-government protests. 
  • Trump being implored to intervene 

3.  Another juicy read was palace intrigue in House of Saud
  • ouster of Crown Prince in soft coup 
  • Mohammed bin Nayef  under house arrest to prevent counter-coup
  • NY Times relied on CIA,  net effect to undermine Saudis

4. Biggest story was UAE hacking fake news in Qatar 
  • given prominence by Washington Post
  • US intelligence backed Qatar in row with Saudi 
  • US intel said Qatar News Agency (QNA) hacked by UAE on May 24
  • which sparked the whole stand-off in the first place.
UAE planted fake news on QNA site that the :
  • Qatari ruler praised Iran as “Islamic power” 
  • voiced support for Hamas. 
which caused Saudis to imposed blockade on Qatar 
issued demands, notably shut-down of Al Jazeera.

following these bad news stories in US media,  impasse set for resolution.
Saudi made sudden U-turn on Qatar. 
new list of 6 watered-down “principles of agreement” issued. 
ultimatum to shut down Al Jazeera no longer on list.

dishing dirt on Saudis allowed US to flush Persian Gulf blockage.

My comments :  Its not that easy.  Among the camel shaggers, once insults are traded, the feuds will drag on for longer.

The Qatar-Saudi feud is a little more mundane (dull). It also involves questions on legitimacy. Legitimacy of the Saud clan to the throne of the Wahhabi religion. Ouch!

The Qatari sheikh claims to be the more "rightful" heir of Ibn Abdul Wahhab the founder of satanic Wahhabism.

Here is some Arab mud slinging :

"Qatar's ruling al-Thani family traces its history to Najd, the central and northern part of Saudi Arabia where Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was from, but it is not clear whether there is a direct family link to him.

the statement referred to "the emir of one of the Gulf states" who had built a mosque named after Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, claiming that the cleric was his great grandfather. Qatar's state mosque, opened in 2011, is known as the Sheikh Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab mosque."

Recall Lawrence of Arabia saying (in 1949) that the Arabs will always be "a little people, a silly people, greedy, barbarous and cruel'.

Here is the movie clip :

Link : https://youtu.be/4gMt1PBC5BU

PAS Dan BN Terjun Dalam Kubur Yang Sama

Innalilaahi wa inna ilaihi raajiun

Its Ok, Petronas Will Lose Only RM2.16 Billion.

PETALING JAYA: (Petronas) could incur RM2.16bil following decision to abort  (RM124bil) Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in western Canada.
(Japex) that has a 10% stake in the Pacific NorthWest LNG project consortium would take a loss of about (RM349mil) 
Petronas’ portion would be about six times the amount considering its 62% stake in the consortium,” said an industry analyst.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/07/27/petronas-likely-to-take-a-hit/#jhVo3VOQziuWYGpP.99
My comments : One commenter said Petronas has not built anything yet on the ground. 
So they spent the RM2.16 Billion on halal hamburghers? Where did the money go.
Like the Dumbno business model. Plan it, spend money then cancel it. Then pay compensation, claims, pampasan etc. 

'Pandikar’s excuses to reject 1MDB questions doesn’t stand up to scrutiny'

MP SPEAKS | Three days after the furore of rejecting more than 30 questions in relation to 1MDB, the Parliament Speaker, Pandikar Amin finally broke his silence.
He argued that Parliament questions are “subject to rules and procedures”.
"If the questions are accusations, assumptions, offensive, or made up, of course, I will throw it out," the speaker said.
He also argued that questions in the House can't be sub judice and affect court cases, such as the civil forfeiture suits brought on by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
Unfortunately, while the reasons he gave may have sounded reasonable at the first instance, they do not stand up to any scrutiny when you conduct any objective evaluation of some of the questions posed.
I had a record 5 questions rejected – more than anyone else, and the most I’ve had rejected in any parliamentary sitting over the past eight to nine years.
None of my questions were rejected because they were “sub-judice”. I was careful to avoid my questions being canned for the above reason, invalid as it might be, when drafting my parliamentary questions.
They were all rejected because of presumably questionable assumptions (“sangkaan”) or that they were a figment of my imagination (“buah fikiran”).
In a question, I had asked what is the current value of 1MDB’s investment in “units” previously valued at US$2.3 billion and who is the current “custodian bank”.
This isn’t the first time I had asked the above question. Although the replies given by the finance minister were never satisfactory, at least the question was never rejected in the past. Why is it rejected now?
Worse, both the finance minister(s) and 1MDB had released official statements with regards to 1MDB’s investment in these “units”, which were previously held by BSI Bank as the “custodian bank”. Neither of these facts was “sangkaan” or “buah fikiran” on my part.
Therefore, the basis of rejecting the question is outrageous and an abuse of the speaker’s powers. 
In addition, my question on whether the attorney-general (AG) had investigated the claims made in the latest United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) suit to seize up to US$1.7 billion worth of laundered assets from 1MDB funds, was similarly rejected because it was deemed a “sangkaan”.
I did not ask about the contents of the suit, nor did I presume the veracity of the facts raised by the US DOJ suit.
All I had asked was whether the AG had investigated the serious allegations which had damaged the reputation and honour of Najib Abdul Razak and the Malaysian government.
After all, Apandi Ali himself has openly stated in the media that the suit filed by the US DOJ was “politically motivated”. The question I had raised merely presented the opportunity for the AG to state his case.
Why was it really rejected? 
We call upon the speaker to re-evaluate the rejection of the above and other questions presented by the Members of Parliament.

Pandikar had asked, even if it was in jest, journalists to be fair to him and to put him in a good light. I am absolutely certain that if he acts impartially, all journalists will write good things about him.
However, if he acts like he was covering up for 1MDB, the largest financial scandal which has afflicted the country, any impartial journalist would have nothing good to say about both the speaker and the Parliament.

TONY PUA is DAP national publicity secretary and Petaling Jaya Utara MP. - Mkini

Three parties apply for recusal of CJ

Former de facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim, along with two other parties today applied to recuse Chief Justice (CJ) Md Raus Sharif from hearing their appeal over the decision by Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali to not prosecute Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. 
The two other parties are former Umno member Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar. 
The application was made at the Federal Court, on the common ground that Najib advised to the appointment of the CJ.
The Malaysian Bar provided three further grounds, namely that Raus could be a defendant in the Bar's application to challenge his extension as CJ, and that they are holding an extraordinary general meeting on August 3 over the CJ's tenure extension, and thirdly, the Attorney-General, who is the subject matter in the appeal, would represent the CJ in any application. 

This is the first time lawyers have asked a sitting CJ to be recused from hearing a matter.
Justice Raus, who led the three-member bench, dismissed the objection, saying it has been a practice that he will decide cases based on the law. 
The bench is currently hearing submissions on leave to appeal of the three applications. 
[More to follow]

ROS instructs Harapan to amend logo

The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has instructed Pakatan Harapan to amend its logo, said the coalition's chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He told this to reporters after submitting an application to register the coalition with the ROS headquarters in Putrajaya this morning.
"They (the ROS) raised some issues about the logo and the symbol.
"They said the logo was not suitable because it did not give the full name of the coalition.
"They want us to use the full 'Pakatan Harapan', as currently it's just 'Harapan'," he said.
He added that Harapan will re-submit the application with the necessary amendments in two days.
Mahathir said they would have little problem in resubmitting their forms with the revised logo.
"We already have an idea (what do do). When we first applied online we had already received some indication of the problem and we have already thought about it and have ideas," he said.
He added changing design elements of the logo were not a problem, but both words of the name had to be present.
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The opposition front has had a series of hurdles before arriving at its final logo, unveiled this month.

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim on Wednesday speculated Harapan would encounter difficulties getting itself registered, based on his failed attempt at doing the same for the former coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
Meanwhile speaking about Harapan's office holders, Mahathir said at this point ROS has not required the information.
"We do not need to fill in the posts (in the application).
"ROS has no objections (concerning this), and we hope they will approve the application," he said. - Mkini

Rosmah, Azalina meet Kajol at 'VIP2' promo event

Bollywood superstar Kajol today rubbed shoulders with the prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman, as she promotes her upcoming film "VIP2".
"One more for the women's club...with first lady of Malaysia Rosmah Mansor," the "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" star said on Twitter.
Azalina also took to Twitter to share her excitement of meeting the top actress.
"How are you doing Kajol fans? Lucky to be able to meet and take pictures with someone who is idolised by many," she said.
Kajol was promoting her new film at a mall near Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
Also with her was the children of Tamil film star Rajinikanth - Dhanush and Sondrya.
"VIP2" is screened in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
It is distributed by Malik Streams Corporation Sdn Bhd, the same distributor of the blockbuster film "Kabali".

Malik Streams managing director Abdul Malik Dashtigeer said Kajol was the reason he was drawn to "VIP2", a sequel to the 2014 film.
"The film did very well and I am confident 'VIP2' will be received well here, too.
"I know Malaysians love Kajol and will want to see her again after her performance in 'Dilwale'. Further, the film is directed by Rajinikanth's son, who is my friend," he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia yesterday. -Mkini

Pandikar: Parliament is best place to discuss 1MDB, but...

Three days after the Dewan Rakyat was accused of abetting a government cover up on 1MDB, speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia in a rare moment today agreed with Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo that Parliament is the best place to discuss the state investment firm. 
In a press conference in the Parliament media room, Pandikar, however, said there are rules that must be followed. 
"Puchong (Gobind) said 'the best place to discuss 1MDB is Parliament.'
"Yes, I agree with you (Gobind), but it is subject to rules and procedures.
"If the questions are accusations, assumptions, offensive, or made up, of course, I will throw it out," the speaker said. 
The opposition on Monday made a ruckus in the lower house after more than 30 1MDB-related questions were rejected. 
However, Pandikar pointed out that 19 questions about 1MDB have been approved to be included in House proceedings. 
The questions that were rejected he said, all violated standing orders. 
Among the reasons he cited was that questions in the House can't be sub judiceand affect court cases such as the civil forfeiture suits brought on by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). 
Responding to critics, he said the standing orders did not restrict the definition of court cases to those only in Malaysia. 
"Standing Order 36(2) doesn't say only Malaysian courts. It doesn't say cases being heard in Malaysia only but not the US, no," he said.
He added that the world is "different" now due to technological advances and that anything he says will be quickly disseminated, thus necessitating a ruling to be made at his discretion, as per the standing orders. 
Those who insist that the sub judiceruling is limited to Malaysia, he said, should not then cite foreign matters such as the early day motion on 1MDB submitted in the British House of Commons. 

Meanwhile, on whether motions to review his decision to reject the 30 questions would be debated, Pandikar said he would like to see that happen.
However, he again turned to the standing orders, which states that government business takes precedence in the lower house. 
Thus he said, those who do want to see their motions debated, should take it up with the government.  - Mkini

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The world’s longest-ruling coalition and the longest bull market could be facing a pivotal moment. Malaysia is set to hold a general election by mid-2018 but there are whispers a vote could be called sooner, between the third quarter and fourth quarter of 2017, setting up a showdown between Prime Minister Najib Razak and his opponents.
Najib, 64, heads the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled since independence in 1957. Though he faced street protests and corruption scandals in 2015, he has arguably prevailed over one of the toughest periods in his four-decade political career, owing to a fractious opposition and support from vote-rich provinces.
Securing a stronger mandate in a new election—with 222 parliamentary seats at stake—could help him push reforms to move Malaysia closer to becoming a developed nation and improve its finances. For the opposition grouping, it is a chance to topple a regime they allege is graft-ridden and which they say is dividing citizens through racial and religious politics.
What to Watch
Investors will be keeping a close eye on any threats to stability in Malaysia—home to the world’s longest-running bull market. The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index has more than doubled from 2008 lows and hasn’t fallen into a bear market since then.
“Absolutely we are cautious. Definitely there’s a possibility that markets would weaken post-elections,” says Geoffrey Ng of Fortress Capital Asset Management Sdn. He added that “overall the mood is still positive for the stock market,” with “politicking” between the ruling coalition and opposition unlikely to interfere with the market’s momentum.
Voters, meanwhile, have been worried about rising costs. Inflation reached an eight-year high in March before easing in the months that followed, while consumer sentiment has languished below the level of optimism since mid-2014. Ordinary voters are worried that the dollar is not stretching as far as it used to, Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed said in May, and there remains widespread unhappiness over a consumption tax implemented two years ago.
Besides attempts to address rising living costs, the government is focusing on tackling the issues of affordable housing and youth unemployment. For voters, ethnic and political discord trail far behind economic concerns, according to the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research.
Battle lines will also be drawn across states. The opposition has struggled to make a serious dent in Barisan Nasional’s rural support bases to which Najib has pledged billions of dollars for infrastructure. One such stronghold is Sarawak state, which the ruling party has dominated since 1963. Since he came to power in 2009, Najib has nurtured ties with the state, visiting Sarawak more times than his five predecessors combined.
Oil-rich Sabah and Sarawak states are considered a “fixed deposit” of votes for the coalition, delivering about a third of parliamentary seats for Barisan Nasional in the 2013 federal election. Najib could have lost power that year if not for these states.  His party in 2013 also regained control of the poor, northwestern state of Kedah, which made headlines last year when the son of Najib’s chief detractor, Mahathir Mohamad, was ousted as chief minister.
The opposition coalition, meanwhile, has controlled Malaysia’s most populous state, Selangor, and the popular tourist hub of Penang since 2008. Selangor, where federal capital Kuala Lumpur is located, accounted for more than a quarter of the country’s GDP in 2015 while Penang accounted for 6.6 percent.

Still, the opposition—which has pushed for freedom of speech and checks on abuses of power—has struggled in recent years in Selangor amid disagreements on governance, putting it at risk of losing its hold on the state in the next election.
One of the opposition parties, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, wrested Kelantan state from Barisan Nasional’s grip in 1990. It introduced Islamic principles and banned nightclubs and snooker parlors after winning control.
Names to Remember
Najib Razak.
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
Prime Minister Najib Razak. He was appointed in 2009 after his predecessor stepped down and then won an election in 2013. He is president of the United Malays National Organization, one of the 13 parties forming Barisan Nasional. UMNO deployed populist policies years before Europe and the U.S. caught on, including spending billions annually on cash handouts and other aid for lower-income Malaysians. He has largely weathered a scandal over billions of dollars allegedly stolen from 1MDB, the state investment fund he set up in 2009 and which is now the subject of a number of foreign probes from the U.S. to Switzerland. Najib has denied wrongdoing.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He was appointed when Najib dumped former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin in July 2015 for undermining him during the 1MDB scandal. Zahid, 64, also controls the powerful Ministry of Home Affairs and was a defense minister. He is UMNO’s acting deputy president.
Hishammuddin Hussein.
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
Hishammuddin Hussein. Najib’s cousin, the son of a former prime minister, was thrust into the spotlight when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared during his tenure as transport minister. The 55-year-old is now defense minister and was recently appointed Minister with Special Functions, whose duties have yet to be defined.
Khairy Jamaluddin. The youngest minister in Najib’s Cabinet, at 41, is spearheading a national transformation program, with a roadmap up to 2050. The son-in-law of a former prime minister, Khairy also heads UMNO’s youth division, a position seen as a path to becoming party leader in the future. He is among Malaysia’s most popular politicians on social media.
Mahathir Mohamad.
Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
Mahathir Mohamad. The 92-year-old opposition party leader and one-time mentor of Najib has been on a campaign to topple the premier for more than two years. Mahathir, once so dominant in Malaysian politics that he was referred to as “Dr. M,” has struggled to gain traction for his new party, Bersatu, which is trying to win over UMNO’s base of ethnic Malays.
Anwar Ibrahim. Jailed in 2014 for sodomy, Anwar Ibrahim, 69, continues to wield influence on his People’s Justice Party from behind bars. His imprisonment hastened the implosion of the opposition coalition which he had almost single-handedly held together for years despite policy differences. His supporters are still pushing for Anwar to be prime minister should the opposition win the election and if they again seek to overturn his conviction. He has allied with sworn enemy Mahathir, who first put him in prison almost two decades ago, in a bid to oust Najib.