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Saturday, July 23, 2016

New York Times : Justice Dept. Rejects Account of How Malaysia’s Leader Acquired Millions







"However, he maintains firm control over his governing party and has successfully stifled opposition with the firing of critics from party posts, the closing of online news outlets and the criminal prosecution of social media detractors and political opponents."




he had not changed position that hundreds of millions came from unidentified Saudi 

Justice Dept complaint filed in federal court directly contradicts Najib 
about hundreds of millions of dollars in his personal bank accounts.

Najib and M'sian officials insist money was gift from unidentified Saudi 
Justice Dept said it was stolen from Msian govt fund Najib oversaw

court filing one of several complaints in federal money-laundering investigation
first official public documentation challenges Najib’s version of scandal 
has battered his government for past year

revelations undermine his credibility 
give new ammunition to force him from office

However, he maintains firm control over his governing party and has successfully stifled opposition with the firing of critics from party posts, the closing of online news outlets and the criminal prosecution of social media detractors and political opponents.

Najib acknowledged receiving money but said he broke no laws
he said “I want to say categorically that we are serious about good governance.”

Najib had not changed position that money was gift from Saudi donor 

Justice Department complaint 136 pages of blow-by-blow detail 
huge sums diverted from govt fund, routed through various countries 
spent on high-end real estate, artwork, gambling, luxury goods 
by Najib’s stepson, friends and associates.

court filing to recover > US$1b stolen from 1MDB.

assets  “just a portion of > US$3b stolen from 1MDB
laundered through American financial institutions

case a sign of US's “firm commitment to fighting international corruption” 

US, M'sia, S'pore and Switzerland have investigated 1MDB

cites $731m funds that came from 1MDB deposited to “Malaysian Official 1.”

Najib clearly recognizable in descriptions and actions attributed to that official

person with knowledge of case confirmed that “Malaysian Official 1” was Najib

Najib’s advisers said Najib received about $1 billion in 2013

explanation of Saudi gift repeated by attorney general Apandi 
who closed govt investigation in January saying no evidence

Thurs Apandi issued statement no evidence 1MDB funds misappropriated

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman did not respond Friday for comment.

The Justice Department complaint mentions no such gift.

$681m in 2013 came from Singapore bank in name of Tanore Finance Corporation. 
money from $3 billion bonds underwritten for 1MDB by Goldman Sachs.

Singapore account controlled by Tan Kim Loong aka Eric Tan
Four months later Najib transferred $620 million back to Tanore 

Jho Low and Tan used money from Tanore account 
to buy artwork, Park Lane Hotel, luxury hotel in Manhattan

“Malaysian Official 1” received $20m in stolen 1MDB funds in 2011

He received $30 million in 2012 from a separate account

PM's office did not respond to inquiries about those two deposits

two transactions bring to $731 million the money Najib received 


F.B.I., IRS relied on bank transfer data, 1MDB memos and internal emails. 

F.B.I. said leaders of MACC showed “tremendous courage” in investigation.

The MACC investigation was shut down by Malaysia’s attorney general.

JULY 2015




Meantime Please Expect Another Attack Or Kidnapping By The Abu Sayyaf

Folks, lets not forget that FIVE more Malaysians have been kidnapped off the Sabah coast. 

President Duterte had a meeting with governors and security chiefs in Zamboanga City on Thursday. He said some things that are bound to make the Abu Sayyaf and the MILF unhappy.  

I predict that in retaliation and as a 'show of force' there will be another round of violent reactions in the region soon,  kidnappings, shootings etc. ESSCOM be on the lookout.
July 22, 2016 

 

I’M WITH YOU President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a 
group selfie with health workers at Camp Navarro General Hospital 
in Zamboanga City on Friday. 

Duterte to deploy 20,000 more soldiers to end attacks, kidnappings in Mindanao
Met top military, police officials at Western Mindanao HQ in Zamboanga City
more troops needed to end “embarrassing” terrorism in country
  • It started many, many years ago. 
  • we’re being slapped on the face
  • every time foreigner/local executed 
  • embarrasses country,” President said.
we’ll just have to say, ‘we’ll finish everything.’ 
We can’t be slapped on the face like this every day,” he added.
10k to 20k additional troops needed to combat terror in Mindanao
“Plus, about 3,000 policemen to meet urban terrorism..” he said.
 
Willing to concede BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law)
Duterte said BBL granting autonomy to Muslim Mindanao remains option
“I am ready concede BBL minus the constitutional infirmities,” Duterte said
Duterte does not agree with establishment of a Bangsamoro police force
Duterte said there should be unified control of the police.

BBL implements Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro
which MILF signed in March 2014 (which sparked the Lahad Datu attack)
Opposition from lawmakers prevented passage of BBL 
willing to give Moros management of resources in Bangsamoro areas.
“There’s enough land, there’s enough oil,” he said.

My comments : This happened over Thursday and Friday. 

The MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is different from the MNLF of Nur Misuari.  In 2014 the peace accord (brokered by Malaysia) did not include the MNLF and Nur Misuari.  Hence the Lahad Datu attack - my view ok. 

Recall that ugly song 'Sabah akan hilang' sung by demento? His good friend is Nur Misuari.  

When Duterte talks about the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) he is referring the negotiations with the MILF. Not the MNLF of Nur Misuari.

The extra 20,000 troops are obviously to fight the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and beheadings. This will surely make the Abu Sayyaf react violently. 

Each time there is an event like this with statements and military operations promised or carried out, the Abu Sayyaf and the MNLF people will react.  

So ESSCOM keep your eyes and ears wide open.

Pemakan D_dak Interview Towkay Ayam

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The John Berthelsen Article (Asia Sentinel) That Has Been Blocked


This article is by John Berthelsen (?)  in Asia Sentinel. It has already been blocked.






For the first time since he began a 20-year livelihood of theft of vast amounts of Malaysian government funds that began at least in 1999 when he was named defense minister, (1MO's) kleptocratic career may finally be in danger.

It is rare, if ever, that a foreign head of state and an ally of the United States government has been hit with charges as devastating as those released on July 20 by US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch against suspects in what she called an “an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.”

Although he is identified only as “Malaysian Public Official No. 1,” it is clear that N___b is the target of what Lynch called “the largest single action ever brought” under the US’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

The US Justice Department investigation is a damning indictment of the entire structure surrounding 1MDB.  It found that from 2009 through 2015, more than US$3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1MDB were misappropriated from an entity ostensibly created by the Malaysian government to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people.

“Instead, as detailed in the complaints, 1MDB officials and their associates allegedly misappropriated more than $3 billion,” Lynch said.

Where N___b goes from here is anybody’s question. He has done what might be called a brilliant job so far of maneuvering to stay out of the law’s clutches after more than a year and a half of deeply detailed allegations of corruption by opposition figures and particularly by Clare Rewcastle Brown, the editor of Sarawak Report.

He might pull it off again, although doubts are growing

The Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya issued an astonishing statement saying that “Malaysian authorities have led the way in investigations into 1MDB. The company has been the subject of multiple investigations within Malaysia, including by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor General and bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.”

In fact, as has been universally reported everywhere but in Malaysia’s kept press, officials have sought to thwart every single domestic attempt to bring an investigation into activities surrounding 1MDB, including firing Attorney General Abdul Gani Patel when his office was on the eve of writing an indictment of Najib and replacing him with Mohamed Apandi Ali, a United Malays National Organization lawyer and lackey who, according to the Prime Minister’s office statement, “after a comprehensive review…found that no crime was committed.”

One extremely well-wired analyst in Kuala Lumpur called the Justice Department’s statement a “game-changer.” 

Another said he had conversations overnight with some of UMNO’s most powerful mandarins, including senior supreme council members and members of the administration, who think Najib will be unable to twist his way out of this, as he has so often in the past.

They are realistic and said they were already getting calls and messages from colleagues looking for escape routes from the sinking ship R__mah,” he said, referring to N___b’s imperious wife R__mah. 

“Once the exodus begins, it will come to a crescendo fast. That’s how UMNO works. The question is, who will be the first Brutus? Mark my words – they will soon be scrambling to outdo each other in distancing themselves from both N___b and R__mah.” 
.. . it will be a long and excruciating fall for a man who as recently as last November was playing golf in Hawaii with US President Barack Obama and who reveled in speaking at the United Nations as the head of a moderate Muslim nation that was supposedly a democratic bulwark in Southeast Asia.

But N___b began a career of deep corruption almost as soon as he became defense minister for the second time in 1999 under then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He set out to modernize the Malaysian military, reportedly suborning bribes all the way along, with much of the money being poured into the coffers of the United Malays National Organization, buying him loyalty from the cadres that has endured to this day.

As Asia Sentinel reported in 2007, “if three separate contracts over the past several years are any yardstick, N___b who became defense minister in 1999 and kept the portfolio when he became deputy prime minister, appears to have mastered the game [of profiting off of defense contracts] far beyond the expectations of any previous defense leaders. Opposition figures say three contracts, one for Russian Sukhoi jet fighters, a second for French submarines and a third for navy patrol boats, appear to have produced at least US$300 million for UMNO cronies, Najib’s friends and others.

The biggest of those was a US$1 billion contract with the French munitions giant DCN for two Scorpene submarines that produced US$141 million in bribes that were funneled to UMNO, and another €36 million (US$39.6 million at current exchange rates) routed through a shell company in Hong Kong that went to a close friend of N___b.  As Asia Sentinel detailed in a prizewinning series of articles in 2012, that contract resulted in what had been the biggest scandal in Malaysian history until this one came along. 

It featured the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian translator and party girl who reportedly had been passed from N___b to Razak Baginda, the agent on the submarine purchase. Altantuya, who by her own admission was asking for US$500,000 in blackmail funds, was shot in the head on October 19, 2006, and then blown up with C4 explosives available only from Malaysia’s military. Two of N___b’s bodyguards were convicted of the killing.

The current scandal began in 2009, when Jho Taek Low, a Penang-born wunderkind and friend of N___b’s family, created the mechanism by which 1MDB was born. According to the US Justice Department complaint, it grew into a hydra-headed monster that resulted in money laundering over much of the planet as Jho Low and his friends looted hundreds of millions of dollars of funds to pay gambling debts and blaze a trail across Broadway marked with the purchase of magnums of Cristal champagne lavished on blondes.

The complaint spelled out in detail what had long been suspected, that US$681 million that mysteriously turned up in N___b’s personal bank accounts in Kuala Lumpur’s Ambank in March of 2013 was not a donation from a mysterious Saudi prince to defend Malaysia as a moderate Muslim nation in a war with extremism but rather was stolen from 1MDB through a series of shell transactions.  

Hussain Najadi, the founder of Arab-Malaysian Bank Bhd. which became Ambank, was gunned down on the street in July of that year.  His son, Pascal Najadi, has repeatedly accused unknown figures of assassinating the father because he was complaining loudly about UMNO corruption and the movement of money through Ambank.

“The Department of Justice will not allow the American financial system to be used as a conduit for corruption,” Lynch said.  “With this action, we are seeking to forfeit and recover funds that were intended to grow the Malaysian economy and support the Malaysian people.  Instead, they were stolen, laundered through American financial institutions and used to enrich a few officials and their associates.  Corrupt officials around the world should make no mistake that we will be relentless in our efforts to deny them the proceeds of their crimes. ”

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Caldwell called it case that imitated art, with stolen money being poured into the production of The Wolf of Wall Street, “a movie about a corrupt stockbroker who tried to hide his own illicit profits in a perceived foreign safe haven.  But whether corrupt officials try to hide stolen assets across international borders – or behind the silver screen – the Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that there is no safe haven.”

Stolen money that is subsequently used to purchase interests in music companies, artwork or high-end real estate is subject to forfeiture under U.S. law,” said U.S. Attorney Decker.  “Today’s actions are the result of the tremendous dedication of attorneys in my office and the Department of Justice, as well as law enforcement agents across the country.  All of us are committed to sending a message that we will not allow the United States to become a playground for the corrupt, a platform for money laundering or a place to hide and invest stolen riches.”

The complaints alleged that the members of the conspiracy diverted more than $3.5 billion in 1MDB funds. “Using fraudulent documents and representations, the co-conspirators allegedly laundered the funds through a series of complex transactions and fraudulent shell companies with bank accounts located in the Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States,” according to Lynch’s statement. “These transactions were allegedly intended to conceal the origin, source and ownership of the funds, and were ultimately processed through U.S. financial institutions and were used to acquire and invest in assets located in the United States.”

In seeking recovery of more than $1 billion, the complaints detail the alleged misappropriation of 1MDB’s assets as it occurred over the course of at least three schemes, the statement said.  In 2009, the complaints allege that 1MDB officials and their associates embezzled approximately $1 billion that was intended to be invested to exploit energy concessions purportedly owned by a foreign partner.  Instead, the funds were transferred through shell companies and were used to acquire a number of assets including high-end real estate and hotel properties in New York and Los Angeles, a $35 million jet aircraft, works of art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, an interest in the music publishing rights of EMI Music and the production of The Wolf of Wall Street.

WHEN TRIAL STARTS THEY CANNOT USE 'ANONYMOUS' NAMES ANYMORE

I have attended some pretty interesting meetings in my time. Maybe someday I will write a biography and share some of my experiences.  At some of these meetings I have learnt about procedure and due process and how things should be properly done.

Sadly in our country professionalism is not systemic but  it depends on the individual holding a job or portfolio.  If the guy or girl is good, things are fine. If the guy is not good, he can create havoc. The system cannot cull the recalcitrants as quickly. The system has not created a 'higher average'  that is the hallmarkof advanced societies. 

Most certainly the US Attorney General has legal reasons for using 'Anonymous' designations in the indictment filings that have been made public. They cannot divulge all - for now.

Hence a moron can go around just denying and gloating 'Its not me'.  Yes folks, I am afraid it does reflect poorly on the DNA. People will laugh.  Kiping's children again.

But when the trial starts, and it will start soon - the American prosecutors cannot begin their cases with, 'Your honor,  Anonymous Person 1 allegedly has received xxx number of apple pies in his account at Bank hush..hush. .."  I dont think so.

When the trial starts, the prosecutors must state clearly who they are referring to. They must mention all those Anonymous names. So if they state that Anonymous Person No 5 is Wan Tham Bee then everyone will reread the filing documents to double check what exactly Wan Tham Bee has done.

So most certainly when trial begins the MOFO (M'sian Official One) will also be identified in Court. So whoever that is - you better be informed.  You cannot play 'kabberup' for ever.

I call this 'Death by a 1000 cuts' - slow, painful and cruel.

This maybe a civil process but the charge is certainly criminal.  Dont say you have not been warned. 

Here is a question - how long can a dictator last? As long as the people are sleeping. Or stupid. Or both.

Reporting Thieves Has Nothing To Do With Overthrowing A Government

Remember when that Cow Lady used  her party platform  to  deflect  attention from that cowgate scandal?   She yelled at the top of her voice that the cowgate was not just an attack against her but it was an attack against her wing. She was the victim. Henceforth all women were victims !!  Wow and double wow !  The whales stopped swimming in the seas to listen if they would be included as well. (We all have to save the whales folks. And save the trees too. Eat a beaver ok.)

When I was in school (I went to four different schools) one of the principals in one of the schools I attended, was accused of raping his maid. This was in the 1970s. The principal's quarters was near the school. It was a church school (not Catholic ok, ha ha, we was good ole Methodists).  Hot stuff.  The news went around the school and the teachers and students started making jokes and laughing each time the principal walked by.  

Then soon after,  during our Monday Assembly the school principal stood in front of all the students and teachers and spoke about his predicament.  He tried to explain his situation. He said something about people trying to blackmail him bla bla. He was the victim. At that time 'Save the Whales' was not big news yet. He was bullshitting. He never denied the accusation. All of us "taller" 15 year olds standing at the back began giggling and laughing.  Soon after that the principal left the school. 

Then later I happened upon many, many 'religious' shitheads. They kept getting into all sorts of trouble. When they were caught with their pants down, with their hands in the till, doing things they should not do etc, they always played victim. I am the victim brother. Exposing their wrongs became 'an attack against Islam'.  These people are so boringly predictable.

The same thing now with MOFO (Malaysian Official One).  MOFO is a thief.  It is a crime not to report a thief. It is a crime to defend or aid or abet a thief.

MOFO has committed a simple act of thievery.  To demand that MOFO be held accountable under the Law, that he vacate his office of public trust is NOT 
  • an attack against the democratic process or
  • an attack against Islam or
  • an attack against  catch-all haplogroup MY or
  • an attempt to overthrow the government or
  • an attack against the whales
It is simply reporting a thief.  If you say otherwise you are aiding and abetting a thief. That is the simple truth. And now with the indictment proceedings by the DOJ, the whole world - from the Shetlands to the Horn, from New Zealand to the Aleutians knows it as well.

Please do not be part of a really third rate, Third World movie script.

Friday, July 22, 2016

1MO says he's serious about good governance



KL (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday he is serious about good governance  .  .   .

My comments : 1MO's comments have reverberated all over the savannah. Here is a reaction :