Khairy Jamaluddin / Najib Razak / Umno & Barisan Nasional

Latest WSJ: 1MDB officials misdirected billions from the bonds raised

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal published their latest investigative story on the scandal perpetrated by 1MDB. It seems the US authorities are investigating Goldman Sachs for misleading the bond buyers when the bank sold bonds which were issued by 1MDB (total value of USD6.5 billion or RM26 billion).

Below is the extract from the article:

As part of an inquiry being examined by a U.S. grand jury, investigators are trying to determine if Goldman’s employees had reason to believe that some of the proceeds from bond deals done for the fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd, known as 1MDB, weren’t being used for their intended purpose, the person familiar with the matter said. Federal authorities also are exploring whether Goldman’s hiring practices in the region violated U.S. anticorruption laws, the person said.

Goldman advised the fund on three acquisitions and arranged the sale of three bonds valued at a total of $6.5 billion that brought in $650 million for the firm. [that’s 10% commission paid by Malaysians]

Goldman’s biggest, and last, transaction with 1MDB came in early 2013 when it sold $3 billion in bonds that the fund said would finance a real-estate-development project in the center of Kuala Lumpur designed to spur economic development. [soon afterwards, the Malaysian PM received nearly USD700 million into his personal bank accounts] 

1MDB officials directed the Wall Street firm to wire the proceeds from the deal to the fund’s account at BSI SA, a small Swiss private bank, according to people familiar with the matter.

Private banks don’t typically receive transfers of that size, and the unusual step caught the attention of lawyers at Linklaters, Goldman’s legal counsel on the transactions. Kevin Wong, a partner at the law firm, sent a note to bankers at Goldman alerting them to the fact that the money was being sent to a private bank, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Goldman executives approved the transaction and believed they were contractually obligated to send the money to the account their client had specified, according to people familiar with the matter. Linklaters ultimately signed off on the transaction, said the person.

Goldman underwrote the entire offering, buying all $3 billion up front at a slight discount to the face value. It then resold the securities to other investors at higher prices. Goldman made nearly $300 million in fees from the bond sale, an outsize figure that raised eyebrows across Wall Street and compelled Goldman to tell its client how much it stood to earn on the deal ahead of time.

The bond ostensibly was meant to fund the construction of a new financial center in Kuala Lumpur to be named after the father of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razakbut little building has occurred. 1MDB moved half of the money raised into overseas mutual funds and used the remainder to pay down debt and for working capital, according to its financial accounts. [in the end, 1MDB built nothing and some assets (Bandar Malaysia land and IPPs) had to be sold in order to pay the debts]

Multi layered companies

Multi layered companies used for the RM2.6 billion ‘donation’ fiasco. Predictably 1MDB maintained they never directly bank in money into Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts.

If 1MDB had not misused the money raised through debts, they could have built Bandar Malaysia and TRX without resorting to sell their land to foreigners. Sadly, Malaysians did not benefit anything from the sale. Money from the sale will be used to pay off debts and to make matters worse, Malaysians lost sovereignty over the land they used to own.

Billions of ringgit lost in thin air through 1MDB and nobody is being held responsible. The Swiss Authorities even claimed that approximately USD4 billion (RM16 billion) were misappropriated. But our Attorney General who was appointed ever so sudden to ‘supervise’ this embezzlement case had quick to whitewash everyone concerned.

Meanwhile, below is a sneak peak on what is happening in the domestic front. The PM certainly had woken up without looking in the mirror today..

The big fish chastising the smaller fish

The big fish wants the smaller fish to be probed

Malaysians are terribly disappointed with his RM2.6 billion 'donation' too

Malaysians are terribly disappointed with his RM2.6 billion ‘donation’ too. We want tough action for this graft case.

You MUST also read these:

1) The black hole of 1MDB

2) Zeti of BNM fights on while Ranjit of Securities Commission did not even bother

3) Goldman Sachs criticised over $3bn Malaysia bond deal

4) It seems Securities Commission has failed to do its job

5) Swiss Suspect $4 Billion ‘Misappropriated’ by Malaysian State Companies

6) List of all 13 supercars owned by Najib Razak’s business partner 

7) Berkesankah Annuar Musa Setakat Ini?

8) Gag the Cabinet for confusing everyone?

5 thoughts on “Latest WSJ: 1MDB officials misdirected billions from the bonds raised

  1. Tahun mula kejadian songlap KBS pun hampir sama dengan tahun bermulanya songlap besar-besaran harta negara oleh 1MDB. Kebetulan? Atau memang tahun 2009-2010 memiliki “feng shui” ampuh untuk aktiviti korupsi bawah radar yang tak terkesan sehingga bertahun lamanya?

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  2. Getting sickening by the day.

    This country will fare better when Najib ia gone.

    Because of him our currency tanked to RM4.46 to the dollar recently. We should be around RM3.1 if he had managed this country well and did not partake in 1MDB and his corruption escapades.

    This PM talks nonsense. He is full of irony and contradictions.

    NAJIB you resign now!

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  3. The irony is that the people we tend to vote for actually look down on voters and the democratic process. That’s just idiotic, right? It’s like a snake eating its own tail! A wolf in a trap gnawing off its own head to escape!

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  4. Its so easy to steal from UMNO Govt. Just look at KJ Sport Ministry which is very small budget wise and yet 100 millions hve been stolen. KJ have lost 0.1 billion!
    So 1 MDB is no surprise. The players are the same. Ali Hamsa Indian, Irwan Srigar Indian,KJ Indian, yes he is Indian too now you know. Not pure indian like Subahan Kamal or Zambry Kadir but indian nevertheless.
    So if you are a thief, which ministry do you go to? The Finance Ministry lah.
    FGv buying chinese shares 1 billion, imdonesian 2 billín like nobody business. And yes Emir Mavani real name is Pradeep Kumar, indian haha. KLIA2 over budget the CEO is Indian too.
    Most of the CEO of innovation are indians too appointed by the Finance Ministry.
    And the indian Irwan Srigar is slated for BNM too. The Sc already an indian Ranjit Singh.
    Poor Malays like Jamil Khir have Tabung haji chairman an indian too.

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