Najib Razak / Politics in general / Socio-economy / Umno & Barisan Nasional

The stories on Najib’s ‘donation’, his corruption cases and Tabung Haji

1. If someone asked you who is the most thick-skinned person you have ever know, it surely must be Najib Razak. Last two weeks, he and his mouthpiece, Apandi Ali tried to white wash the occurrence of multi billions ringgit being discovered in his private accounts by claiming that these billions are just ‘donation’.

image1It insults our intelligence to see a government officer holding billions of ringgit in his accounts and spending it without any supervision. In fact, nobody knows how and to where every single sen was spent on. His propaganda machine tried so hard in telling us bogus stories to justify it, but everyone knows, they do not know anything beyond the lies that was spoon-fed to them.

For instance, they began to find stories that Arab Saudi do  give out donations to other countries by the billions. They promoted a story that an Arab prince will be donating USD32 billion of his personal wealth from 2015 onwards. Although from the news it is certain that this donation will be transparent and overseen by a board of trustees (as compared to Najib’s secretive and dodgy billions), we were asked to believe that the transaction that was made in 2013 onto Najib’s private accounts were of similar nature.

Malaysians must be that stupid to believe this.

Recently an unknown person interviewed by BBC even gave an irrelevant answer when asked about the bizarre way of donating straight into the personal accounts of a leader in another country. His answer? “Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and Sudan have all been beneficiaries of multi-$100m donations from the Saudi”.

Perhaps this idiot do not know how to differentiate between an individual and a sovereign country.

The fact is, Jordan do received USD487 million from Saudi Arabia for development projects, and Morocco received USD1.25 billion, also to finance its local projects. All these were done above board and in a transparent manner.

Another example of absurdity is how they told us a story that Arab Saudi has been donating billions of dollars to governments worldwide. For the past 40 years, USD115 billions have been contributed by Arab Saudi to 90 countries seeking humanitarian aid. But this was done on the basis of government to government arrangement. None was done secretly and into the personal accounts of a Prime Minister and his credit card accounts.

It really is surprising how low these people want to go in order to make themselves look like fools. Nobody believes anything that comes out from the propaganda machine anymore precisely because ordinary Malaysians have realised that Najib and his men had to believe in their own lies.

2. Around the world people are talking about Najib and his ‘donation’ issues. The world do not recognise it as a donation. To them, and to the average thinking Malaysians, it is corruption. Even the MACC laws defined it as corruption.

It is merely a re-labelling of a word, but the substance of the issue is still, a corrupt practise. No public official around the world can receive money in his/her personal bank accounts for no reason whatsoever. The MACC Act 2009 Section 50 automatically deems it as presumption of guilt. The official must prove his innocence in the court of law (after the investigation papers get pass the AG to prosecute him).

In other countries, prime ministers and ministers resign when a few thousand dollars were found secretly stashed in their accounts. But not Malaysia. Over here, we are led by a muslim, and that makes him the Chosen One, only God can remove him no matter how corrupt he can be. Since he is still the Prime Minister that means God Himself wants him to stay?

We have the Financial Times talking about Najib’s corruption scandal. We have the Bloomberg talking about him. We have the BBC making fun of him, Sydney Morning Herald, Nikkei Asean Review and recently Finance Asia ranked him at 12th, making him the worst Finance Minister among the selected countries in Asia.

Facing this economic downturn, everyone in Malaysia knows he is a below-par Finance Minister. Nobody is denying it, well except for his sycophants.

Note that in 2015, Finance Asia ranked Najib Razak as the 8th best performing Finance Minister. But this was before the 1MDB fiasco imploded and the ‘donation’ scandal exploded.

All this came about from his own wrongdoing and his inability to be honest from the beginning. Being accountable is a luxury to him. Magnanimity escapes him. He could not step down due to sheer pressure from the massive machinery that relies on him to provide the perpetual gravy.

3. Tabung Haji was in the news recently regarding their financial well being. Tabung Haji itself (not the Group) had negative reserves (-RM351 million) by year end 2014. A stark difference from the year before with a positive RM2.5 billion in reserves. That was a wipe out of RM2.85 billion in reserves!

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Fortunately this year Tabung Haji could still pay their depositors about 5% dividend and a further 3% bonus for those who have yet to perform the haj. Last year, Tabung Haji paid 6.25% in dividends with 2% bonus.

But this still did not go down well with some leaders in the opposition. The recent one came from the deputy president of Amanah. This was after they met Tabung Haji in order to learn more about its finances.

Salahuddin Ayub made a pretty convincing statement when he alleges that Tabung Haji is sacrificing assets in order to pay the bonuses:

“Amanah notes that the five percent dividend and three percent bonus were only announced yesterday, after TH had sold off some of its assets in London. These assets, which have all this time generated lucrative profits for LTH, were sold off just to fulfil the short-term goal of showing that the business is still intact and profitable. Criticisms by Bank Negara Malaysia on its (TH’s) reserve policies as a whole and risk management practices should be strictly adhered to.”

Salahuddin said today that fund’s board of directors and management should be swapped out with a new line-up of members that he said should receive prior approval from the central bank.

The existing members, he said, must be reviewed for their qualifications and their abilities.

“The posts of those in the board and the management should be given only to those who deserve them and not as political rewards,” he said.

News published in November 2015 stated that Tabung Haji sold a property in London for £250 million (about RM1.65 billion based on forex rate at 1st November 2015).

For the year 2015, Tabung Haji declared that they recorded a net profit of RM3.53 billion (RM2.98 billion in 2014), the highest in their history. But if we minus RM1.65 billion, then their real profit sans the selling of assets is just RM1.88 billion. This is the lowest profit they have in the past 4 years!

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No wonder Amanah made such statement. We hope Tabung Haji will produce their audited financial statements real soon. The Auditor General, being the mechanical apparatus like how an auditor ought to be, had assured us that Tabung Haji will not have any problem in giving out dividends.

And obviously with a windfall of billions from the sale of valuable assets, Tabung Haji will not have any problems to pay out its obligation.

But unlike how 1MDB had to sell off their assets in order to pay its debts, we are grateful that Tabung Haji can still remain afloat. But for how long, that will depend on their cashflows. A brief scan on their year to year cashflow does not augur well. Perhaps its time to change leadership so that Tabung Haji can make real profits without resorting to sell any of its assets, just to make someone look good.

As a side note, Tabung Haji in their press release did not say the payment as dividends, but bonuses. The term ‘dividends’ have never been used by Tabung Haji to describe their payouts.

Jamil Khir, the minister in charge of Tabung Haji gave this ominous statement on the future of the fund:

“I would like to remind depositors, their money in Tabung Haji is based on the concept of Al Wadi’ah Yad Dhamanah, under which it is fully guaranteed by the government. Whereas the bonus to depositors is ‘hibah’ or gift, based on current financial year performance and Tabung Haji’s discretion.

But I have observed that every year, depositors expect that this hibah is an obligation of Tabung Haji. I would like to stress again, although offering hibah is permitted, it cannot be made a permanent practice so as to avoid it becoming a habit as stipulated in the depositors’ contract based on wadi’ah.”

You might also want to read:

1) Tabung Haji bleeding billions in cash -Evidence from TH’s audited cash flow statements

2) Malaysia’s Shame

3) Tabung Haji dan krisis keyakinan terhadapnya

4) Switzerland, Singapore, please tell us what you know

5) Tabung Haji, perlunya urusan kewangan lebih profesional

6) AG to AG

7) Mengimbas Kembali Jawapan Awal Najib Terhadap Dakwaan WSJ Tahun Lepas

10 thoughts on “The stories on Najib’s ‘donation’, his corruption cases and Tabung Haji

  1. Jamil Khir, when uttered those statement, in some other way is saying to the face of every depositors that dividen may or may not be given. Remember that, you millions depositors!

    Tabung Haji, an institution that specifically designed for the benefit of every single Moslem in this nation to perform obligatories in Islam, is being sunked to its knees these new yesteryears. It has never be in this situation before, but these monkeys are making mockery of an Islamic institution and what else more tragic that a Moslem head and a Moslem minister allowed it to happen. No wait, allow it to happen is a travesty of honesty, could they are enjoying raping Tabung Haji?

    And if you speak ill of Tabung Haji, you are definitely a Red Bean or DAP or a kafir trying to dismantle something Islamic. They like to do that these days – Kafir vs Islam – perhaps good for the 2018 GE?

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    • The problem with UMNO is that it is top heavy. The higher you are in the organisational structure, the more powerful you become.

      Thus the Ketua Bahagian is immensely powerful, not to mention the Majlis Tertinggi or the other office-bearers, culminating in the office of the Setiausaha Agung and the Presiden. Though the Timbalan and Naib Presiden should be powerful posts too, but as we had seen, they merely serve at the pleasure of the Presiden.

      By right, all office-bearers in any democratic organisation should be beholden to the ordinary members. This does not happen in UMNO now and will not be happening any time soon as long as the present set of leaders stay. The members are there to be used and abused by the leadership. They are just cannon fodder.

      Does any right-thinking person really believe that all the 3 million members really support, believe and trust the KBs and top leadership?

      Go down to their level and do a survey and we shall see.

      There are lots and lots of discontentments and dissatisfaction among very many them. Some remain silent, others grumble and moan. Still there are many out-spoken ones who speak their minds out. Too bad all these
      discontentments fall on the deaf ears of the KBs and top leadership.

      So what choice do they have? Some left quietly, some tore up their membership cards. Still there are others who chose to stay and continue fighting from within – maybe waiting to pick up the party from the ashes after GE14.

      Of course there is still a huge chunk of members who are rooting for the KBs and Presiden. It can be safely assumed that these members owe their livelihood to them. Or they are indebted to them one way or another. Or they receive the occasional handouts and for as long as the gravy keeps coming, they will stay loyal.

      So could we or should we blame the ordinary UMNO members for the mess we are in?

      Wallahualam.

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  2. The underlying thread to many of these financial scandals appear to be mismanagement arising from lack of due diligence.

    This gross incompetence is to be expected – if the top leader keeps on appointing (hand-kissing) compliant but atrociously incapable people.

    Rumours of post-bearers lacking in critical qualifications is exemplified in the recent case of Kedah MB.

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  3. Hi JMD, great thing to do a story on Tabung Haji. I too was glancing at the Annual Report yesterday. The reserve issue has been mentioned and perhaps due to the political pressure, they had to do a bonus this year. Honestly, the only thing that struck me was the contingent liabilities of the group at RM 70 billion. At the same time Maybank is arranging a RM 2 billion loan to TH Heavy Engineering. I noted their asset allocation startegy, had a fair bit in debt and not so much in equity, unlike EPF. However , on the surface nothing concerning except (a) Malaysia banking system gets hit with wide defaults (b) there is more disclosure on the RM 70 b contingent liability.

    But to digress, I think Petronas is a much bigger issue than Tabung Haji. It just went thru RM 30b of its cash in 2015, the investment in Canada could just be written off and LNG is trading spot market at $5 to $6 Mmbtu. If they cut expenditure drastically, which I think they will have to do, it could send the O&G sector into tailspin. That could be lead to a much bigger issue than LTAH, and it’s generous dividend policy. Btw, to the guy who likes to Kafirize everybody, all I can say is that if you cannot argue with fact, then kafirize everybody like the Taliban.

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  4. The Prophet sent Mu’adh ibn Jabal to Yemen in order to call the people to Islam and to teach them the practices of the religion.

    Ibn Abbas r.a. reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, sent Mu’adh to Yemen, he said to him:
    “Verily, you are coming to a people among the people of the Book, so call them to testify there is no God but Allah and I am the Messenger of Allah. If they accept that, then teach them that Allah has obligated five prayers in each day and night. If they accept that, then teach them that Allah as obligated charity to be taken from the rich and given to the poor. If they accept that, beware not to take from the best of their wealth. Be on guard as to the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between their supplication and Allah.
    [Sahih Muslim, 19]

    Abu Burda reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, sent Mu’adh to Yemen and he said:
    “Make things easy and do not make things difficult. Give glad tidings and do not repel people. Cooperate with each other and do not become divided.”
    [Sahih Bukhari, 2873]

    The significance here is that rulers are entrusted to neither oppress the poor nor the rich. They are entrusted to be the guardians of cohesiveness and harmonious functioning of society.

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    • Thanks hans
      So the next question is, was the whole thing from buying selling to the nature of business or the properties bought; syariah compliance?

      If it is then very good
      But if it isnt…

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