Najib Razak / Umno & Barisan Nasional

A leader who is an embarrassment to the country

We can now be fairly certain that the Prime Minister lacks the courage to face the crowd. Although he once said that “semangat kepahlawanan tetap ada dalam diri saya” (the warrior spirit will always be in me), he had skipped a ‘Nothing To Hide’ forum organised by his own people in early June and now had skipped the International Anti Corruption Conference held in our own country.

Reasons given varied from ‘security issues’ to ‘need to avoid being grilled’.

What a shame for this country when a Prime Minister is afraid to face tough questions. Journalists are already complaining why is he avoiding questions in press conferences too. His last PC which had allowed questions from journalists was in early July. He did not dare to take any questions even after the announcement of a new cabinet!

His proclamations and statements now come from his own blog and speeches made at events. The sad truth is, if a prime minister can’t be transparent enough to answer allegations head on, then what is the point of governing Malaysia?

Even the founder of Transparency International, Michael Hershman is disappointed with the absence of the Prime Minister, saying “I am disappointed that he wasn’t here because I had hoped he would used this as a platform to explain what happened, to tell the truth. He missed that opportunity.”

He also said that his “disappointment is an understatement” and the prime minister’s “credibility certainly has negatively affected by his inability to address this head on and to tell the truth”.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Transparency International went a step further by saying that the RM2,600 million money in the prime minister’s personal bank accounts has the elements of grand corruption.

Adding, “he has not explained, for what and where the money came from and what he was to do when he received it. He must also prove that the money is not illicit or that it comes from an illicit source. Political parties should not receive money that comes from illegal origins”.

No wonder an Umno veteran, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz lamented that it is embarrassing to have foreigners pointing out the wrongs which Malaysians are also pointing towards the prime minister.

To be clear, by receiving RM2,600 million into his personal back accounts, there were many instances that the prime minister may have breached the MACC Act. Especially section 17 and 23 of the said Act. Not to mention section 165, 405 and 409 of the Penal Code.

If action can’t be taken or seen to be taken against a prime minister who had broken a law, then perhaps it is acceptable for a CEO of a GLC to receive millions of money from vendors/clients into his own personal account and claim that it is a donation!

Regardless, how the money was given is equally important as to how it was spent. If it was for political funding, Umno have never received ‘donations’ through the personal bank account of its presidents. That would be breaching the laws stated above.

IMG_0183This crisis of confidence and the trust deficit came from the personal corruption crisis faced by the prime minister. Never before in history where the personal bank account of the prime minister are being investigated. Shooting his own foot in the process, he sacked people who are investigating and questioning him and dismantled the investigation teams. And replaced them with loyalists and yes-men.

On top of that, he engineered delays in investigating 1MDB, a company which has so many problems it can’t even generate profits and pay back the massive loans it has needlessly acquired. It had to beg for debt forgiveness, use taxpayers money as standby credit and get an arab company to pay for them some of their debts in exchange for the prized assets.

This is the leader who had no qualms in lying to the people. Remember his statement immediately after Wall Street Journal published and exposed the billions in the PM’s bank accounts?

He said:

The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain. I believe Tun Mahathir, working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie.

Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.

At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.

As proven later on, the allegations were proven to be true. He even slandered Tun Dr Mahathir as the person behind the allegations about his exposed personal bank account. Not only that, he defended himself by saying the allegations had no documents to substantiate the truth.

The money trail

The money trail

To add more spice in the guilt soup, some people from SRC International went into hiding to escape being remanded; when the prime minister could have easily called them back to help with the investigations.

Well the rest is history. The egg on the prime minister’s face was undeniably embarrassing.

One of the best parts came when Haron Din claimed that “it is unbelievable that someone transferred public funds into a personal account, if someone wants to cheat, they would have pumped it into a secret account”.

To which the prime minister thanked Haron Din for not believing WSJ’s story! He desperately wanted people to believe that no money was banked in into his accounts.

Lies after lies were perpetuated by his sycophants in order to defend their leader. But fortunately the public are smarter than all these sycophants combined. Too bad some people are still bent on supporting and defending a leader who had clearly misled the public. To many people, that in itself disqualifies him from being a prime minister.

The recent call by Zaid Ibrahim to get Malaysians of all across the political divide to prioritise the removal of this prime minister is seen as an appropriate plea to save Malaysia from further embarrassment.

It is not enough for the prime minister and his idiotic sycophants to give flip flopping answers on how the ‘donation’ was used. They must give proof on how the money was spent; a detailed list of each expenses and transaction made, to who and what was it for. Otherwise how would the public believe that every single sen was not used for personal gain? This is called accountability.

But he chose to remain silent about this and hide behind his abusive powers to sack and replace people for the sake of his political survival.

Journalists could not even reach him to get his response on the legal suit filed by an Umno member and also the latest legal suit by PKR for breaking the election laws. These are important litigation suits against a sitting prime minister/Umno president yet the public is appalled that he seems rather oblivious about them.

A good leader is one who is trusted by the people and one who deserves that trust. If the leader is not forthcoming and quick to tell the truth and be transparent, the trust is lost and he can never lead effectively. He is rendered irrelevant.

A politician can only lead when others accept him as their leader. When the prime minister no longer has the moral authority to lead, it is embarrassing to have him as a leader of this country.

You might also want to read:

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2) Legislative members, be responsible reps, initiate vote of no confidence

3) Najib should resign, says UN anti-graft coalition

4) NAJIB PATUT BERTUGAS DARI BILIK TIDURNYA SAJA

5) Anti-graft organisation founder says Najib must come clean on RM2.6 billion donation

6) Najib’s Corruption Scandals Take The Lead At IACC Conference

7) PC turns farcical due to lack of evidence

14 thoughts on “A leader who is an embarrassment to the country

  1. “Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.

    At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.”

    It’s worse than that.

    He seems to have beaten Haron Din to the punch by claiming on 5th July 2015:

    “If I was going to be a robber (penyamun), why would I transfer the money back into the country? That is, if I wanted to be a robber. I am thankful that many people did not believe the news that I transferred money to my personal accounts.”

    As we now know, that was a complete lie, too.

    In the meantime, the WSJ remains very un-sued.

    They cannot be sued, because the money trail shown was correct.

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  2. Najib is relying on the natural tendencies of Malaysians to eventually forget.

    Our short memories are his greatest asset.

    But not this time.

    There is going to be a steady stream of exposures from the investigations being carried out by 6 nations into 1MDB. The embarrassment level is just going to escalate.

    I can imagine that IPIC (the financial saviours of 1MDB) are now very jittery – FINMA are clearly acting on the basis that something is seriously wrong. The Swiss do not waste time on the trivial.

    So Arul’s geng are left relying on semantic wormholes:

    http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/02/1mdb-scandal-swiss-freeze-millions-linked-to-malaysian-fund.html

    “In Malaysia, 1MDB noted the report and said in a statement: “As far as 1MDB is aware, none of the company’s bank accounts have been frozen.”

    But that’s not what the Swiss said, is it?

    Within 2 years, this massive web of money-laundering and kickbacks will unravel, and that will still be true: “none of the company’s bank accounts have been frozen.”

    But we’re talking about 3rd party, offshore and AmBank accounts, you see. Not 1MDB’s account(s) rasmi.

    That’s what money-laundering is about – pass it through several bank filters, and hope you don’t get caught.

    Semantic wormholes don’t work forever, e.g. the Ananda bailout was “pure speculation”.

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    • Money launderers who launder through their own accounts would be damn laughable. Only a stupid idiot would do such a thing. Najib Razak, unfortunately, seems to be that idiot. His Ministers all said, only an idiot would do such a stupid thing of depositing billions into his personal account. And Najib did exactly that.

      They can do whatever magic trick they like. It is all for the benefit of the rural voting population, anyway. They forget that even rural pensioners these days have Whatsapp, and family Whatsapp groups, and many family members who are able to explain exactly what is wrong about 1MDB and the whole donation thing. Hell, even the 3 million UMNO members don’t all fall for the trick.

      Najib’s pothead circle — they must all be smoking pot to think they can offer feeble, contradictory excuses and get away with it — can do whatever they like to try and convince the rural folks. But the international battlefront is where it will all come out and unravel. They can pay domestic donkeys, but will they be able to do the same to international media and authorities? Heh.

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  3. If Zahid is so certain that none of the monies deposited into the prime minister’s account came from SRC International, which took a RM4 billion loan from KWAP, why didn’t Najib Razak sue both The Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report for defamation?

    Both the international financial newspaper and the whistleblower blog highlighted in no uncertain terms that RM42 million of funds originating from SRC International went directly into the prime minister, Najib Razak’s personal bank account.

    The alleged money trailed showed that SRC International transferred RM40 million to Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd on 14 December 2014. Ganding Mentari in turn transferred RM40 million to Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd on the same day. Two days later, Ihsan Perdana, in turn transferred via two transactions of RM27 million and RM5 million directly into the prime minister’s two different personal accounts in AmBank.

    Subsequently, SRC International transferred another RM5 million on 5th and 6th Feb 2015 respectively to Gandingan Mentari, which in turn transferred the same amounts to Ihsan Perdana on the same days. Ihsan Perdana, in turn transferred the total of RM10 million received directly to the prime minister’s personal account in Ambank Bhd four days later on 10th February 2015.

    Ihsan Perdana’s role was to carry out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work for 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

    How “donating” RM42 million to Najib Razak is considered CSR is anybody’s guess.

    Also, if Zahid is right, why were 5 people arrested in the probe?

    Why did the 2 fellas run away overseas?

    Why is the MACC still on the case?

    Above all:

    Why would an Arab donor launder the money via 3 Malaysian companies for the much smaller sum involved (42 million), yet do a direct TT for a larger sum (US$680 million)?

    Makes zero sense.

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  4. he is not only an embarasement but a failure to this great nation. Ironically, malaysia is not and will not be a failure by najib and his band of thieves, but rakyat, who just stood there, watching and doing nothing.

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  5. Assuming it was truly a donation, the most critical issue is what was “promised” in exchange for that large sum of money.

    No matter how benevolent that donor is, there must be an expected return of favour.

    It may even compromise Malaysia’s sovereignty. That is dangerous.

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  6. It is of the adab of Islam to know the value of one’s word – not to give it carelessly, but to keep it once it has been spoken. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The signs of a Hypocrite are three: (1) when he speaks he lies, (2) when he promises he breaks it, and (3) when entrusted with something he betrays it” (Bukhari, 1.15: 33. S).

    His hypocrisy is embarrassing the people he is supposed to be leading.

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  7. Why our sudden interest in French & Russian military hardware?

    Simple.

    If money in other places has been frozen, if the revolving slush fund is not available any more, then other sources of finance must be found, demi agama, bangsa, negara, dan shopping.

    The proven track record shows the basic scam that applies: buy anything very, very expensive (IPPs, land, pie-in-the-sky, undefined deals with Arabs or Gobi Desert Mongolians), mark up the price hugely, pay into a shell company or raise bonds, receive kickback.

    Simple.

    It’s this simple technique that keeps the KBU fat, well-contented and obscenely rich, keeps elections unfair and people bribed, and enables off-party use for various personal purposes.

    Scorpene was the warm-up act for 1MDB, but there were many others.

    Najib was called “the driving force” behind Malaysia’s military modernization program by the US-based think-tank Foreign Policy in Focus. In addition to the submarines, the shopping list, the think tank reported, “includes battle tanks from Poland, Russian and British surface-to-air missiles and mobile military bridges, Austrian Steyr assault rifles and Pakistani anti-tank missiles…and an unspecified number of Russian Suhkoi Su-30 fighter aircraft.”

    Cont’d….

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  8. It was the Sukhois that have become the second controversial purchase brokered by Najib. The deal, worth US$900 million (RM3.2 billion), was through a Russian state company, Federal State Unitary Enterprise ‘Rosoboronexport’ in 2003. IMT Defence Sdn. Bhd. was appointed the local agent for the Russian company and received 12 percent of the purchase price — US$108 million (RM380 million). The principal figure and chairman of IMT Defence was Mohamad Adib Adam, the former chief minister of Malacca, previous Land and Development Minister and a longtime UMNO stalwart.

    A third military scandal was reported by Malaysia’s Auditor General, in a report tabled in Parliament in 2007, which alleged that a contract to build naval vessels given to PSC-Naval Dockyard, a subsidiary of Penang Shipbuilding & Construction Sdn Bhd, which was owned by another UMNO crony, Amin Shah Omar Shah, resulted in the payment of RM24 billion (US$6.52 billion at current exchange rates).

    All of these contracts, under Najib’s sponsorship, are believed to have steered vast amounts of money to UMNO to be used to maintain the party in power. The standard kickback paid on each of these contracts is 10 percent to 15 percent. That has poured vast amounts of money into UMNO coffers to maintain the party’s position as the premier political institution in Malaysia. The cadres have Najib to thank for much of it. It is little wonder they want to do him the favor of maintaining him in power to protect their own.

    Now that the Singapore and Swiss authorities have frozen various accounts, you can expect to see 2 things:

    a) Investment in mega-projects or mega-purchases of military equipment;

    b) Further hand-shaking deals with various Arabs via 1MDB. However, I think Abu Dhabi may not wish to get further entangled in the mess, so someone else in the Middle East will step forward.

    There is no limit to Arab kindness, and perhaps another donation will be made.

    Lu tolong gua…..

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