All of us are perplexed by Arul Kanda and 1MDB



From The Star today:

Nazir Razak questions delay of 1MDB annual audit

PETALING JAYA: The delay of an audit for Government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) financial year which ended in March this year is “perplexing” to CIMB chairman Nazir Tun Razak (pic).

“I am perplexed why your March 2015 audit has not even started? How is this allowed? Has standards of GLC governance dropped so low?” Nazir said in an Instagram post on Thursday night, accompanied by a graphic with the 1MDB logo.

On June 10, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed revealed that 1MDB’s financial year accounts, which ended in March this year, had yet to be audited.

Nazir, who is also the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has been critical of 1MDB in the past, and had criticised 1MDB’s president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy as well as former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi for not attending a PAC inquiry.

In fact, Nazir Razak may not only criticising Arul Kanda, he could also be criticising the Prime Minister cum-Finance Minister slash Advisor of 1MDB for not giving the green light for Deloitte to start auditing 1MDB.  It was reported yesterday:

The PAC found out at yesterday’s meeting that Putrajaya has yet to direct Deloitte to audit 1MDB’s accounts for the current financial year despite growing concerns over the state investor’s financial health.

In reiterating the need for 1MDB’s latest accounts to be audited quickly, Nur Jazlan said until the financials are completed and audited, it would be a hindrance to their ongoing investigation into the firm.

Is somebody still cooking something in the kitchen? Why hasn’t the audit started yet? It is impossible that the management accounts are not yet ready to be audited. It’s mid-June already. Are the employees in the accounts department of 1MDB on sabbatical leave since last Hari Raya?

Why is the Prime Minister actively withholding a proper governance procedure?

Tony Pua was also perplexed by what by the  self-confessed ‘professional’, Arul Kanda had to say about all this. The so called professional have made a reply to Tony on why the external audit has not yet started but that exposes the CEO to further embarrassment because it seems, Arul Kanda had missed the point.

The MP rebuked and chastised the under sieged CEO of 1MDB by giving him a lesson in logical thinking:

Arul Kanda’s denials about audit miss the point

KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, while commending Arul Kanda Kandasamy for his quick response, pointed out that the 1MDB Chief has completely missed the point that he was making on Deloitte Malaysia not being able to commence audit work on the company for the last financial year.

“His denial does not explain anything,” said Pua who is also DAP National Publicity Secretary. “Arul Kanda’s commendably immediate denial misses the point and was an attempted misdirection.”

“He should stop giving excuses and give his assurance to Malaysians that the statutory financial audit for the scandal-ridden 1MDB for the 31 March 2015 financial year-end will be completed by 30 September 2015 as required by law.

Arul Kanda in his denial, he lamented, said “the board and management of 1MDB met Deloitte as early as February 2015 to discuss commencement of an audit after the financial year-end of 31 March 2015.”

“We want to know about the controversial assets held in various overseas banks. We want to know what was the true debt situation in 1MDB and the extent of the company’s cash flow problems.”

Unfortunately, he said, “what we didn’t get from Arul Kanda was when the audit will actually commence. More worryingly, we would like to ask the President of 1MDB, why is it that since the discussion more than three months ago, the audit for 1MDB has not commenced.”

Arul Kanda claimed that “the audit of a major 1MDB subsidiary, Edra Global Energy Bhd, has already commenced and was well under way”, noted Pua.

“I asked about ‘the holding company, 1MDB, where all the controversy over its funds, cash flow problems and alleged misappropriations lie, but Arul Kanda tells us that the audit has commenced on its subsidiary.”

The commencement of audit work on Edra isn’t at all surprising, he added. “It was expected because the company was preparing for their initial public offering.”

Arul Kanda, Pua further noted, separately highlighted the fact that “1MDB is currently undergoing a thorough review and investigation of its accounts by the National Audit Department.”

“Let me state that the fact that the Auditor-General (A-G) was reviewing the past financial statements of 1MDB does not in any way justify the fact that the statutory audit for 1MDB has not commenced,” said Pua. “These are two different and independent processes which surely a multi-billion ringgit public-interest company cannot afford to neglect.”

In fact, he said, given that there was a parallel on-going A-G review, Deloitte should be invited to commence their audit earlier so as to provide the auditors with a longer lead-time to complete the report.

Arul Kanda have managed to make even Tony Pua sound smarter. And that is the quality we have among the people who are supposed to handle 1MDB.

Intelligent people will instantly know that if an audit has not yet started, then it has not yet started. There is no need to go around in a roundabout just to say something has started when clearly it hasn’t.

In normal audit practice, management accounts of all subsidiaries should have already been consolidated in the management accounts of the holding company by end of financial year. External auditors should have by now, sit in the audit room prepared by 1MDB HQ office and commence the audit (whether executing the ‘stat audit’ – a jargon for checking the legal corporate documents, or other preparatory process).

Again, it is the middle of June now. Their financial year ended 2.5 months ago. If they have to wait for the Edra Global Energy to be audited and the audit report to be signed, then there won’t be enough time for 1MDB’s audit report to be completed and signed to meet its September dateline. Arul Kanda was just saying something that does not make sense.

Only the most ignorant among us would believe his press statement.

From all the news above, it is without any doubt that not only 1MDB have failed in its corporate governance, it also gives so many excuses and idiotic responses, it is not presumptuous to say that there is a deliberate attempt to cover up wrong doings.

And to answer Nazir Razak’s ultimate question, the ultimate answer is, yes it has.

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir wrote his latest blogpost which summarises the history of 1MDB and its stupid business deals. We assume there will be another round of Falsely Answered Questions (FAQ) which will not answer anything. Get ready.

You might also want to read:

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

Congratulations Arul Kanda, you are now a politician!

We are so amused with Arul Kanda, the CEO of the troubled 1MDB.

FOUR months after telling his first lie to the public, finally he released a press statement to clear the air about that profound gibberish he uttered in February.

How un-professional indeed. This should have been cleared immediately after he said it. But he did not. Surely the people handling the 1MDB account would have alerted their own CEO that the money in BSI Singapore was not in the form of cash.

Unfortunately, we are dealing with people devoid of honesty. That was why, there was a comical flip flopping and desperate cover-up by the people involved ever since then.

After so much brouhaha by the public over their contradictory parliamentary replies, Arul Kanda still did not squeak a word about the piece of fiction he told in February. This belated press statement only came about after Tun Mahathir called him a liar straight to his un-professional face two days ago.

And judging from the poorly written press statement, Tun Mahathir was right after all.

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the ‘cash’ is there

Normal people would instantly know whether they are telling a lie, or not. It seems Arul Kanda is not even sure whether what he said was either one of them. In his statement, he did not acknowledge, admit or be accountable to the lie he made in February. Instead, he just jumped to the Ministry of Finance’s amended replies in May.

He wanted people to forget that the main argument here is the fact that he LIED way before Ministry of Finance made the amendment. Even the Prime Minister colluded with his lie during the premier’s parliamentary response in March.

This is a devious way of wiggling yourself out from admitting that you are just a two-bit errand boy unfit to call yourself a professional or a banker.

Even a rookie auditor or a junior bank executive will not make such a fundamental mistake in not knowing the kind of assets you have in your accounts. There is a vast difference between cash, paper assets and units.

Is he really a banker? (Actually he is a lawyer by training).

And Tun Mahathir was right. This kind of people, with this kind of stupid press statement cannot be trusted.

Surely, when you said something which is not true, it is a lie.

Well, we the laymen call it a lie.

Again, instead of telling us whether he indeed has lied, he asked the authorities to verify whether or not he has lied!

What kind of nonsense are we getting from these so called professionals?!

Let’s put this in perspective. Arul Kanda told us that an apple he has in his pocket is a green apple. A month later, the Prime Minister confirmed it is green. Two months later, the Prime Minister told us, Arul Kanda lied, it is not green, it’s red. However, another Finance Minister then clarified that it is not actually a red apple, but in fact a citrus fruit. What kind of citrus fruit? He doesn’t know. It’s just a citrus fruit.

#Facepalm gif

#Facepalm gif

Only stupid people will still think that everyone stated in the paragraph above are a bunch professionals.

Isn’t it absurd that Arul Kanda now wants Auditor General, Bank Negara Malaysia and PAC to verify what kind of ‘fruit’ he has in his own pocket?!

Doesn’t he know? No he does not want to answer this because he is not an honest person. A professional would be an honest person. Arul Kanda is neither.

An honest professional will immediately recognise that a mistake was made, quickly issue a statement that he is wrong, made the right rectification and apologise for the lie. All this should be executed within 24 to 48 hours. Only then people can trust him.

What’s worse, Arul Kanda spun it as a ‘miscommunication’ and ‘confusion’. Confused over what you have in your own accounts? It seems now he is also incompetent!

Compounded to the fact that no rectification was made, a Prime Minister who was relying on him to give the right information on 1MDB, was turned into an idiot for giving a false answer in Parliament. This is all due to an incompetent CEO.

But the best part of his press statement is when he launched himself to argue over semantics and the pedantic. Now he is arguing that Tun Mahathir is shifting his allegations from ‘RM42 billion is missing’ to ‘where the RM42 billion went is questionable’.

They are the same argument! RM42 billion is missing, where did they all go? It seems the appropriation of this RM42 billion debts are questionable!

If you can be perplexed just because of this, we doubt you are even fit to be an errand boy. 

Is 1MDB being overrun by brainless people who split hairs over English words?

The only logical thing how this stupid line of defence could come about is because he does not know how to answer all the questions posted in Tun Mahathir’s latest blog post.

Again, he is hiding behind the ‘wait for the AG report’ mantra popularised by the Prime Minister. No answers is forthcoming. It is amazing that after all this, he still have the cheek to say that he will conduct his duties in a professional manner.

These are all diversion and prevarication.

Congratulations Arul Kanda, you can now call yourself a sneaky politician!

Below is Arul Kanda’s press statement taken from 1MDB’s website.

1MDB: Clarification and Accountability

“In reference to a blog posted yesterday by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, I wish to make clear that my role at 1MDB has been and will continue to be as a professional. I was initially appointed to conduct a strategic review of the company, and am now leading the implementation of a rationalisation plan for the business, as presented to Cabinet on 29 May 2015.

As a professional, I am fully accountable for my actions and am answerable to the 1MDB Board, and our shareholder the Ministry of Finance. In the current context, this also includes the Auditor General, Bank Negara Malaysia and the Public Accounts Committee. These are the lawful authorities to verify whether or not I have ever lied, as has been claimed, as they have access to all information. I shall continue to conduct my duties in a professional manner, and furnish all information to assist the lawful authorities to verify the truth about 1MDB.

Tun Mahathir stated in his blog that a Parliamentary response submitted by the Ministry of Finance was subsequently amended. This has been previously acknowledged by the Ministry of Finance, and occurred due to confusion around some information provided by 1MDB. As the President of the company, I take full responsibility for this misunderstanding, and will ensure better communication with all stakeholders. Furthermore, as clarified by the MOF, appropriate steps have already been implemented to prevent this happening again in the future.

Separately, Tun Mahathir has previously claimed that RM42 Billion is missing. Now, after 1MDB provided a summary of how the RM42 billion was spent – based on past audited financial statements, he has stated in his blog post “where a chunk of the 42 billion ringgit went is questionable.” This continuous shift in numbers and allegations is perplexing.

With regard to other questions posed by Tun Mahathir and various commentators, the Prime Minister has said, “a full accounting of the facts by lawful authorities are needed so that there can be no misinterpretation or spin”. In this context, the Prime Minister has affirmed that “if any wrongdoing is proven, the law should be enforced without exception”. This is a position I fully support, both in relation to my own conduct to date, and that of 1MDB more generally.

I reiterate that the 1MDB team is fully committed in its efforts to implement the rationalisation plan presented to Cabinet. This plan will substantially reduce the company’s debt levels, and is well underway, as proven by the repayment of an RM 3.6 billion loan as announced on Monday 8 June.”

– Arul Kanda, President & Group Executive Director

 You might also want to read:

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

IPIC – The RM3.6 billion payment for 1MDB dummies

This morning there was a pandemonium on how 1MDB managed to repay its USD975 million (RM3.6 billion) loan to its bankers. Lucky bankers.

And of course, the loudest noise will come from politicians who are overjoyed to see that 1MDB could repay its loans. These people will ignore the obvious fact that 1MDB actually managed to repay those bankers just because it received a ‘not a loan, not a bail out’ payment from International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) last week.

1MDB, the financial merry go round

Arul Kanda still have not retracted and apologise for the lie he told in February

For the uninitiated, here is the simplified description on what this USD975 million loan payment is all about.

Sometime in September 2014, 1MDB acquired a USD975 million loan from a consortium of banks which was then guaranteed by Malaysian government and secured using the USD1.103 billion worth of units it has in the BSI Bank in Singapore.

This USD975 million loan was then used to pay Aabar Investments (subsidiary of IPIC) for an early termination of a 10-year old financial options.

It is unclear from where this USD1.103 billion worth of units came from. These units are said to be held custody by a special purpose vehicle called Brazen Sky, registered in the Cayman Islands.

Now, back in February 2015 the CEO of 1MDB mentioned that this USD1.103 billion in BSI Bank is in the form of cash. This is an expected response, generally to appease its lenders.

The Prime Minister confirmed it was indeed cash during his parliamentary reply on March 10th 2015.

But in late April, news report from Singapore’s Business Times stated that there is some discrepancy in 1MDB’s bank account in BSI Bank.

This raised an alarm among the consortium of banks in early May and they planned to ask 1MDB to settle their loan ahead of the repayment deadline in September 2015. The banks have the right to do this if they suspect its client has no capability to repay the loan.

Unfortunately their suspicion and the discrepancy is confirmed to be true when on the 19th May 2015 the Prime Minister announced that the money parked in Singapore is not in cash, but in paper assets; of which a few days later the Ministry of Finance eventually amended it to be in units.

There was no cash after all. The banks will not accept worthless documents called ‘units’ as collateral for their loan.

Panic strikes and on 29th May 2015, the Ministry of Finance announced a ‘rationalisation exercise’ where IPIC/Aabar will give payment of USD1 billion (RM3.6 billion) to 1MDB to help it repay the banks by 4th June 2015.

Basically, money from the banks given to Aabar in September 2014, is returned to the bank in June 2015. This business model is often called – ‘the unnecessary stupidity’.

On top of it all, the ‘units’ are supposed to be ‘profits’ from an investment made by 1MDB which was terminated in 2012. But the profits was redeemed not in the form of cash, but substituted with assets/units mutually agreed to be worth USD1.103 billion.

If indeed there is real value in those units, 1MDB should just cash them out in August to meet its deadline in September, or if 1MDB is really strapped for cash, all it has to do is just wait till after the September deadline and the consortium of banks will just take ownership of those units.

But this is not to be.

What is more absurd, to sweeten the deal of getting their own money back from IPIC/Aabar, the Finance Ministry also announced that the RM3.6 billion payment will be part of a larger strategy to lessen a RM16 billion 1MDB debt; in other words, IPIC/Aabar will get financial assets of 1MDB.

It is uncertain what these assets are although the only known valuable assets 1MDB has are the lands in TRX and Bandar Malaysia which were originally reserved for bumiputra development.

So in the end, the bankers get their money back, with some interests; Aabar gets USD975 million cash last September and from now on, some of 1MDB’s assets, including those redundant units. And 1MDB gets to lose some of our prized assets.

Since 1MDB is getting compliments for this whole financial absurdity, maybe we should congratulate all involved with a pat on the back. 

Well done, 1MDB.

Your zero governance strategy will be made an example among financial journals and research papers in years to come.

So there you go, the simplified summary of what had happened. Should there be any other versions, please do not hesitate to state your own simplified description on what really happened. 

Thank you.

News source:$1b-to-1MDB/?style=biz

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

An Acting Prime Minister should lead the 1MDB investigation

1MDB has become a thorn in the Malaysian economy. When a company with a paid up capital of RM1 million have unnecessarily accumulated debts up to RM42 billion within the space of 5 years, the pressure it puts on the economy is felt everywhere.

This is confirmed by the Finance Minister II on 25th May when he said 1MDB is in a dire need to be restructured as any failure to pay its massive debt will pose systemic risks to the country.

He confirmed this again in a TV interview on 3rd June by saying that if 1MDB is allowed to continue operations without any rationalisation, they will default their loans and the country’s credit ratings will be downgraded.

Thus far, nobody from 1MDB has admitted that they have made a mistake in wasting billions of taxpayers money to pay needless bank interests on the loans they acquired.

Nor have the Finance Minister resigned from his post in the wake of this huge financial scandal. Everyone with a clear mind is asking, why delve into a dubious business model where investments are financed by debts and profits are used to pay loan interests?

On top of that, the Prime Minister had no gumption to sack the 1MDB board or at least suspend them as soon when the Auditor General and the PAC started their investigations.

Will he do the right thing?

Will he do the right thing?

This is due to the fact that should he ask for their resignation, in principle he must also resign from his other posts since the buck stops with him by virtue of being the Chairman of 1MDB’s Board of Advisors, the Finance Minister in charge of 1MDB as well as the Prime Minister in charge of the investigative agencies.

As soon as he announced that 1MDB will be investigated for any wrongdoings, many of his sycophants heap praises and peddled him as being sincere, transparent and a Prime Minister with nothing to hide.

But such gesture is meaningless if he still hold all the vested powers and sits supreme above these investigative agencies. It was him who ordered the AG to inspect the accounts. It was also him who ordered the PAC to investigate 1MDB.

And they will submit their reports to him. The perception is, there is no independence.

For instance, in many other companies, should any top personnel is suspected to be involved in a major corporate scandal, he or she will automatically be handed a suspension letter pending a domestic inquiry.

This is compulsory in order to avoid any misuse of power to cover up any evidence or an opportunity for the accused to rectify or erase any damning documents while investigation is in progress.

In the case of our Prime Minister, the sycophants see no need for him to step aside all his positions and are more than willing to wait for the reports.

Worse, the cabinet members see nothing wrong with him giving orders and supervising the restructuring of 1MDB while he himself is the subject of the 1MDB scandal.

This is not surprising since most members of the cabinet are career politicians with little knowledge and experience from the real working world. Of course, corporate governance and accountability is perhaps an alien concept which they are unable to grasp.

On 25th May, there was a standoff between Umno leaders and the Prime Minister, where the former were asking the Prime Minister to sack the entire board of 1MDB. But the Prime Minister did not comply as he has neither the gumption to do it, nor the honour to do the right thing.

What the cabinet ministers should have proposed is to tell the Prime Minister to temporarily resign from all positions (except the Umno presidency) and vote for the appointment of an acting Prime Minister to oversee the investigation of 1MDB.

This is the most appropriate thing to do.

A RM42 billion scandal is not something trivial, especially when due to this misadventure, the bumiputras could lose their crown jewels (the TRX and Bandar Malaysia lands) to private sectors or foreigners.

If indeed the Prime Minister is sincere and transparent, he should step aside and let the investigations of 1MDB run without any fear or favour. However, he had missed the opportunity to do so and everything that he, the Finance Ministry and 1MDB have done since the start of the investigation will be seen as a cover up.

An investigation of any kind will not fare well on a Prime Minister that controls all the authority and financial powers. Even the PAC Chairman agrees to this where he opined that the Auditor General should be independent from the Ministry of Finance.

The existence of an Acting Prime Minister is not something new as there were many precedents that have been set thoughout history. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was appointed the Acting Prime Minister in 1997 when the Prime Minister took a two-month holiday.

Tun Abdul Razak was practically the Prime Minister in the aftermath of the May 13th, 1969 racial riots, executing tasks Tunku Abdul Rahman could not do.

In this case, if the Prime Minister is cleared from any wrongdoings in his capacity as the Finance Minister or the Advisor of 1MDB, he can then resume his job.

Afterall, it is just a job. All we want is real transparency, not just the false impression of transparency and a cover-up masquerading as good governance.

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

#Nothing2Hide, the #SabahEarthQuake and the #SabahHeroes

7 June 2015.

Amidst the furore of his non-attendance to his own event last Friday, and also shadowed by the earthquake tragedy that have befallen Sabah yesterday, the Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers sped off to meet each other in Saudi Arabia.

The earthquake which had caused several people to lose their lives in Sabah did not cause the Defence Minister and the Home Minister to return home immediately, not at least until Sunday evening the soonest.

According to news reports, both Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi have been in Saudi Arabia for the past couple of days and could also perform a short umrah with the Prime Minister.

When in Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister will be visiting the Saudi King, Salman Abdul Aziz Al Saud for an audience.

Also mentioned in the itinerary is the visit to the Makkah Metro depot Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddasah on Sunday. A Malaysian company, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has been appointed to become its shadow operator after having first won the contract in November 2014.

The Finance Minister II Dato Seri Husni Hanadzlah had stated in an interview last Wednesday that the contract was won due to the strategic partnership between 1MDB and PetroSaudi International. The joint venture incidentally, ended in 2012.

However, the former CEO of Prasarana whom had led the venture to obtain the Makkah Metro contract, denied that the PetroSaudi – 1MDB partnership had helped Prasarana into getting the contract.

This is not surprising, since Malaysian companies have won projects in Saudi Arabia for decades, before the existence of 1MDB and PetroSaudi.

With his political career at stake, boosting an already discredited 1MDB’s image is a priority for the much maligned Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the latest death toll in the Sabah earthquake reached 19 people as the search and rescue continues on Mount Kinabalu. The latest body to be recovered is of a 12 year old pupil from Singapore.

Many citizens and politicians expressed concerns and sympathies to the tragedy as the state government is working overtime to find the remaining missing persons. Several mountain guides are also touted as heroes in their efforts to rescue stranded mountain climbers.

Deputy Prime Minister has ordered the National Security Council to introduce an early warning system on earthquakes.

Tun Dr Mahathir - file pic

Picture taken from twitter user @TawauTown

As confirmed by his special officer, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also arrived in Sabah on Saturday, albeit to attend a meeting with Perkim. Although his itinerary is uncertain, he can be expected to be briefed by local authorities on the rescue efforts.

It is not known when the exact date for the Prime Minister to visit Sabah. Last month in a gathering in Tawau to rally support for his much condemned leadership, the Prime Minister had said he will visit Sabah more often and give priority to the state.




#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #twitter

1MDB: Arul Kanda in the spotlight

It seems many are still not impressed with Arul Kanda’s effort to explain where the RM42 billion money had gone to.

We can still remember his embarrassing screw-up when in February this year where he had lied to public (and caught by the mainstream media) that the money ‘redeemed’ from the dubious investment vehicles in the Cayman Islands had indeed been remitted into their bank in Singapore.

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

As history have it, it turned out the money was not in cash but in units. How did a banker, with a supposedly good reputation had made this huge mistake is still a mystery to all of us Malaysians.

It made the CEO of 1MDB, who is in charge of billions of rakyat’s money looked incompetent and careless.

As we have told people so many times, those who are defending 1MDB will lose their credibility.

We could see what happened to Dato Seri Husni Hanadzlah and the people in Ministry of Finance. Whenever 1MDB made a mistake, it’s the people who are not directly involved that suffer the brunt.

Meanwhile people are getting annoyed and restless with Arul Kanda and his flimsy explanation. Even the mainstream media are picking up on it.

This is from The Malaysian Reserve today:

1MDB’s Bid To Explain RM42b Debt Backfires

The Finance Ministry-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) attempt to explain its RM42 billion debt to silence detractors may have backfired.

Instead of putting to rest all the allegations about the “missing” money, the summary of 1MDB’s expenditure and debt released on Wednesday only raised more questions about the government development fund’s dealings.

“Companies don’t usually borrow funds for operating expenditure. It appears 1MDB may not have followed good business practices,” said Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, a former World Bank alternate ED and deputy treasury secretary general, referring to 1MDB’s RM5.8 billion borrowings for financial expenditure.

“The revelation by (1MDB president and CEO) Arul Kanda Kandasamy essentially revealed nothing that we don’t already know. The questions which we asked, however, remained completely unanswered,” said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member and MP Tony Pua, who has emerged as an outspoken 1MDB critic over the last few years.

Most of the questions were aimed at 1MDB’s placement of a large percentage of its investment funds into overseas tax havens, said to be an unusual move.

1MDB had placed as much as RM15.4 billion of its borrowings into the largely enigmatic investment funds in the Cayman Islands (Brazen Sky, RM6.1 billion) and British Virgin Islands (1MDB Global Investments Ltd (1MDB GIL), RM5.1 billion), as well as RM4.2 billion into Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment PJS.

Aabar, a subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Co with links to the Abu Dhabi royal family, last reported total assets of US$10.15 billion (RM37.54 billion) after it had been delisted from the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and taken private in 2010.

According to its website, Aabar holds a 21.6% stake in RHB Capital Bhd, the owner of RHB Bank Bhd and RHB Investment Bank Bhd. Brazen Sky’s funds are reportedly managed by Hong Kong-based Bridge Partners.

Bridge Partners’ website does not contain information about its management team or track record, but it does list about 70 business deals (mostly with Chinese firms) it has conducted as a financial advisor.

“We don’t have much (of an) idea about these overseas fund managers,” said Phua Lee Kerk, chief strategist at fund manager Phillip Mutual Bhd.

Phua said it “was a little abnormal” that 1MDB would choose to put such significant portions of its investment funds into foreign funds in tax havens, based on his understanding of the company.

“Generally, funds in tax havens are perceived to have higher returns but also carry higher risks. What we see in these funds is usually low transparency in nature,” said Phua.

He said companies with similar structures to 1MDB, which he likens to a sovereign fund, would normally only invest 10%-20% of their excess profits into high risk funds, usually associated with overseas hedge accounts.

The bulk of funds under a sovereign fund manager would usually be invested directly into businesses, instead of into little-known funds such as Brazen Sky and 1MDB GIL.

“In my opinion, it would have been better to give such large amounts to local fund managers to nurture the industry,” said Phua.

“I would very much prefer to have taken a conservative approach and after all, it’s the rakyat’s hard-earned money,” he said. “What exactly was the RM6.1 billion of investment in Brazen Sky which was parked in Cayman Islands?

“Why is it that despite Arul Kanda announcing that all of Brazen Sky’s investments have been “redeemed”, there’s still no cash at all in the BSI Bank Singapore?” asked Phua, a former head of a firm listed in Singapore’s second bourse.

Despite earlier saying it would wait for the AuditorGeneral’s report on 1MDB, the PAC commenced an investigation in late May.

“The prime minister’s statements and public response made it necessary for the PAC to carry out (its own) inquiry as soon as possible,” Dr Tan Seng Giaw, deputy chairman of the committee, told The Malaysian Reserve yesterday.

Tan said the PAC’s investigation would concentrate on 1MDB’s financial governance, including “how, why, when and where 1MDB had acquired its funds, the ways these have been spent, the total amount of debts incurred and the interests”.

Meanwhile, the announcement of a formal inquiry by Malaysia’s central bank on Wednesday was welcomed but seen as overdue.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) could have completed its enquiries easier if the authority had began its investigation earlier, said the head of leading anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Malaysian (TI-Malaysia) affiliate.

TI-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said action in the “earlier stages” of concern wou ld h ave facilitate d smoother evidence gathering by the authorities.

BNM now needs to perform the investigation without fear or favour, said Akhbar, who formerly led the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency’s training division as its director.

Try to have a good weekend Malaysians!

For further reading:

1) Arul Kanda and his explanation

2) Husni Hanadzlah and his explanation

3) People who are annoyed with 1MDB’s explanation 

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

1MDB: Even its experts do not know how to answer

As we sympathise with Dato Seri Husni Hanadzlah and the interview he gave last Wednesday night, we just could not believe how huge the amount of money which has been mismanaged and lost due to incompetencies and sheer arrogance.

To better understand what happened to the RM42 billion debt, the diagram below, taken from Din Turtle’s blog, have rearranged Arul Kanda’s infographic into a more logical sequence.


This is how we could clearly see the liabilities in question

One of the many confusion which pro-1MDB people do not seem to understand is to think that the money is all there just because they all appear in the financial accounts. All RM42 billion of them. Especially the much talked about RM27 billion.

Let’s have the simplest example:

Ali’s company borrowed RM100 from Ahmad. Ali then give that RM100 money to Ah Chong. Ah Chong then split the money he has with Abdul. So now, Ah Chong has RM50 and Abdul has RM50 to enjoy.

At the end of the financial year, if Ali’s company has not paid back the money to Ahmad, the company will have as liability, an amount of RM100 stated in its financial statement.

In Ali’s financial statements, there will be RM100. This is undeniable.  But the money has gone and Ali has to find other means to pay off the loan to Ahmad.

Now that RM100 was what Arul Kanda had shown the public. It is an amount from the financial statements. Of course, he will say the money is all accounted for and has not disappeared. Undeniably, it has not disappeared from the financial statements. But where has the money gone too?

This is the question.

Some pro-1MDB buffoons we encountered even went the extra mile by claiming that all 1MDB’s ‘money’ from Cayman has been repatriated into BSI and it is there but in the form of ‘units’. Therefore, the money has not disappeared!

Question is, why in units? Why not cash? Where has the cash gone to? Did Riza Aziz buy his multi million apartment in New York using units? Can Jho Low pay his extravagant parties with units? Can Malaysians go to Haj and pay Tabung Haji using those units?

If Husni ‘units, just units’ Hanadzlah could not even answer this, definitely these random people who self appointed themselves to be the defenders of 1MDB, would not know any better.

Please do not think Malaysians are gullible enough to believe everything by just showing the financial statements. Husni’s interview could not even ascertain for sure about the amount invested in Aabar, GIL Fund and Brazen Sky. Even KPMG, the previous auditor before Deloitte had stated in the audit report:

Based on 1MDB’s latest financial documents for the year ended March 31, 2013, its auditors were unable to determine details on the US$2.3billion (RM8.05 billion) investment. – source

Hope this will clear all the befuddled minds as to why people are questioning 1MDB’s stupid business sense.

One look at the diagram above and you can see the ridiculous business model that 1MDB has been caught with.

More people are asking newer questions like:

a) Why is there a surplus cash of RM900,000,000 in liabilities? Shouldn’t cash be in assets?

b) Why should 1MDB asked for cash injection of USD1 billion from IPIC/Aabar last week when they could just withdraw the RM4.2 billion deposit with Aabar to pay off the bank?

c) Why is there still RM6 billion inherited debts? Why are they still not being paid off by 2014? Is this legacy debt from TIA back in 2009?

We are sure there are plenty more questions. And all those desperately needed to be answered by the official spokesperson of 1MDB (because its BOD, CEO and Chairman are rendered useless and brainless).

Since today is Friday, we shall venture into some light reading to jumpstart the mind. First from the Facebook of KijangMas Perkasa. This was taken without consent, lifted up from the same Din Turtle’s article stated above. Thank you KijangMas.

This is his take on the fiasco:

Since today is Yaakob Osman Day, I share his excellent down-to-earth summary of Arul Kanda’s revelations of 1MDB’s RM41.8 billion debt. 

I hope we don’t have to wait another eight months for the release of the Asset side of the equation. 

I’m keen to see how the DeeBee Charlatans brew reasonably believable Asset numbers as only RM13.7 bilion of the RM41.8 billion were used to acquire hard, tangible assets that could be sighted, touched, smelled and hugged by us all.

That’s RM12 billion (excluding RM6 billion legacy debts that is another can of worms) for the overpriced IPPs with mostly outdated fully depreciated assets near the end of their lopsided (and will-not-be-renewed-on-those-terms) concessions and RM1.7 billion for the three infamous land parcels in KL and Penang. The balance of RM28.1 billion of debt was used for things which at this juncture are as clear and tangible and comprehensible as flying pigs and the tooth fairy. 

And I would definitely fire my CEO and especially my CFO if my Group incurs RM4.5 billion in “Cost of Finance and Working Capital”, not to mention the forex losses of RM900 million, against the real, tangible asset acquisitions of RM13.7 billion. And again, I will skin the CFO alive if he pays the Group’s “Cost of Finance”, currency losses (“Foreign Exchange Cost”) and Taxes with DEBT. Yes, with DEBT. Gali lubang kambus lubang, gali lubang kambus lubang. Guna hutang bayar bunga, bayar kerugian forex, bayar cukai. What accounting principle is this? All these should have been covered by Operating Income lah, unless the IPP revenues have also dissipated into thin air.

And c’mon lah, “Investment Cost” is an oxymoronic term. By definition, you only invest what you have. You don’t invest debt and other borrowings and then incur “cost” of your investment. Investments MUST generate returns. Investments are not cost centers; they CANNOT incur “cost” more than returns. If they do, then these are not investments but borrowed money lost and pilfered via paper shuffling. And when a company needs to borrow more to service interest and for working capital — including almost one billion fresh ringgits from the Malaysian Treasury — it is in no position to “invest” anything. Whatever funds in hand — including funds raised through debt — must be available for operations. And really lah, if a company has “Investments” of RM15.4 billion, why need the almost one billion ringgit government lifeline? And why need IPIC’s RM3.7 billion injection that I’m sure was secured at a very high price to ultimately the nation?

Now, simple question. The RM15.4 billion “Investments” in Brazen Sky, Aabar Investment Deposits and Global Investment Limited Funds generate what kind of returns? 5%? 7%? 10%? What? Enough to cover fees and interest costs of borrowing those funds? Again, what convoluted financial logic entails borrowing money at a purported 10-20% p.a. all-in costs for the purpose of “Investments” in fuzzy undefined paper assets and units of dog’s balls or something with undetermined and questionable returns? And where are these returns thus far? Not enough to service the debts?

Hence needing almost a fresh one billion ringgit of tax payers’ money? What’s the redemption/liquidation value of these “Investments” today? Again, how can a company “invest” debt? Mana ada logic? Is this the modus operandi of 1MDB? Borrow at Ah Long terms and try to make money in a crapshoot? Oh, and the Malaysian government inexplicably guarantees this Ah Long debts? What really is the Strategic Value of the RM15.4 billion “investments” in the three entities that justifies a sovereign guarantee for the borrowed money? Otherwise we all will starve or get conquered by some enemy state? What Strategic Value? 

Semua ini ada masuk akal ka? 

As I commented in YO’s post:-

” Good of Arul to lay the big numbers on the table and now he should be well-equipped to clarify and quantify the multiple embedded line items not yet disclosed or detected as we collectively dissect the details and financial logic of the various transactions.”

And since we are all constrained by a lack of detailed data beyond the top line numbers, I added:-

“The same info/data/context limitation applies to all.

That’s why I’m amused by those who are cocksure of the positive rationale and practicality of these multifarious financial engineering tapdance based just on fuzzy bits of incoherent numbers . . . although these Jacks cannot reconcile their “everything’s fine & dandy” stance with the multiple audits and investigations of this enterprise by many entities across all genres, not to mention my old buddy Husni’s admission of inherent grave debt-servicing problems.

Where we stand now, based on the chunks of data without the granularity of line item Sources and Application of funds, we can only ask more questions, seek more details of the blobs of debts and “investments” quantified in billions upon billions of fuzziness.

Your (YO’s) summary is as far as we can go based on current publicly disclosed info. And the revelations have raised more questions than answers. What we all DON’T NEED is the hysterics of the Jib Gor Jacks who tumble head over heels to rationalize complex derivative-flavored transactions wayyy over their heads and handicapped by their utter ignorance of the intricacies of cross-border financial dynamics and equipped only by these chunks and blobs of top level numbers.

To these Jacks, like almost everyone else, you know Jack Schitt about these numbers. So just STFU and go pursue some other pastime.”

And this applies to Rafizi and Tony Pua as well. Shut up. Just shut up. Don’t turn this into a partisan political circus. This is a matter of national interest perhaps unprecedented in our corporate history. Your partisan barkings will just give Jib Gor the lifeline among the gullible fools within UMNO to not cleansed themselves from within. In effect, you buffoons are now Jib Gor’s Talian Hayat. So just STFU and stand aside as the ominous fallout from this scandalous outrage descends on the culprits.

We think this is a clear enough point of view for people to understand.

Next is from Syed Outside The Box’s article:


  • Husni warns if 1MDB debt not resolved, negative events impact economy 
  • 1MDB downgrade credit outlook, plunge in value of ringgit
  • if Putrajaya forced to shoulder RM42b on top of dev. expenditure RM52b 
  • govt fail to meet targeted deficit of 3.2% and revert to over 4% 
  • ratings will drop, currency will drop like in 1998,.. how to pay debts?
  • must solve issue of debt so people do not have to worry,” he said 
  • Putrajaya accountable for RM11.1b loan secured using letter of support 
  • Moody’s said govt support of 1MDB jeopardise sovereign credit rating
  • chain of negative effects if 1MDB’s debt passed to govt
  • Husni stressed in same interview no money yet been lost by 1MDB 
  • banking sector first to chase firm avoid non-performing loans
  • “financial sector is quiet, means issue of money lost not there”
My comments : Who asked you to incur so much debt idiot? 
And if 1MDB is such a great investment, if it is so profitable, then why worry about 1MDB not being able to pay its debts? Just use the billions of profits that 1MDB is making and settle all the debts. Why complain that if 1MDB debts are not paid then Malaysians will all suffer? Why put the burden on the people?  Husni Hanadzlah should just resign. Najib should resign as well. 
In 1998 the entire Asian region was hit by the money speculators particularly George Soros. Thailand was hit before us, also  South Korea and Indonesia. They  all suffered from the Asian Contagion.   
This time the other Asian economies are much stronger and robust. The Phillipine economy is racing ahead, the strongest economy in ASEAN. 
Only Malaysia is facing bankruptcy because the Advisor to 1MDB has been conned by a 29 year old Chinese boy. 
RM42 Billion of taxpayers money has disappeared. RM27 Billion has literally gone out the window. 
RM2.6 Billion was paid to Jho Low for nothing. That was stolen money. 
The remaining RM15 Billion has been used to buy end of shelf life and “license almost expired” power plants at exhorbitant prices – way above market value. That money is also almost as good as gone. 
In 1998 the country’s economy was strong.  Despite the Asian Financial Crisis the government had enough money to pay all its debts. Our credit ratings were never downgraded by Moody’s or by anyone else. 
We recovered well and went on to record 7%, 8% and even 9% growth. Now we can barely get past 5% growth.
This is not the fault of the Malaysian people. This is the fault of the clueless morons who are our prime minister and the members of the Cabinet.  Including Husni Hanadzlah.  
These people must be held accountable for this gross incompetence, dishonesty and stupidity.


Lastly, this is a comment from Syed’s reader:

AnonymousAnonymous said…

This power point is no financial statement I have ever seen where debt = “asset” + “liabilities” (eg. Inherited debt?) + “expenses” (+ eg. Brazen sky? Tax paid?) + “losses” (eg. forex). I have no idea what the f*ck financials is this.

1. It shows DEBT = All 1mdb finances. So does 1mdb operate only on debt money ie. Cash hutang from bank. 1mdb tak dak income ka?

2. When you purchase companies you assume their hutang. That is fair n normal. But you do not pay-off those companies debt; the companies pay them from their operating cashflow. Unless you are stupid. Question: did 1mdb pay off the companies 6 billion hutang using 1mdb loan?

3. Cost of finances is 4.5 B. Over 5 years of 1mdb. That’s almost 1B per year. That is usually finance expenses + interests. You pay that using positive operating cashflow not from another source of debt (1mdb loan). If loan is being used to pay loan then the assets bought are non viable. So scratch all assets on line 1 and 2. Useless. Business live and die on cashflow. After 5 years if still living on debt then the entity is not a going concern. Conclusion: 1mdb is bankrupt

4. Tax Paid = 400 million. Simple question. Has 1mdb remitted that payment to Tax Department. �� I doubt it. Kalau cash remitted to bank in spore pun all of sudden turn into “units” whatever fuck that means I doubt it lah. But anyway – confirm la tax dept please

5. All those 15.4 billion investment/deposits. That means those are still liquid cash held by these entities for whatever reason but are all due to 1mdb, or are they just like those “units” in spore or some other form of burnt cash. Please detail what, where, and verified documentation where the moneys are. We want those money back NOW. If not, why not.

Thursday, June 04, 2015 2:21:00 PM

Thank you and try to have a fine and dandy Friday!

More readings:

1) There’s no need to wait for an audit for the company to answer questions everyone is asking.

2) Thanks 1MDB, now tell us if the RM15.4 billion is in cash or ‘units’

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

Husni Hanadzlah and the misrepresentation of 1MDB facts

Update 1.43pm:

The former CEO of Prasarana, Dato Seri Shahril Mokhtar tweeted just now:


This is concerning Lie Number 3


Original article:

Upon hearing that the cabinet has appointed the 2nd Finance Minister (Dato Seri Husni Hanadzlah) as the official spokesperson of 1MDB, we immediately tweeted below:

What we tweeted

What we tweeted on 29th May 2015

A few hours ago Husni Hanadzlah was interviewed by two RTM1 hosts in a show entitled “1MDB: Di mana wangnya?”

We had asked in the previous article 5 questions, of which none of it was answered by him. This is of course not a fault of his as a few of the questions, however frequently asked, weren’t asked by the host at all.

Even when it come to Jho Low, Husni only said that he does not want the former to be glamourous.

But what is more alarming is the fact that Husni gave a lot of misrepresentation of facts.

1) LIE number 1:

When the host pressured the minister about Sarawak Report’s expose on Good Star Ltd (Jho Low’s company) receiving USD700 million, Husni claimed that Petro Saudi had lodged a police report in London saying what the portal had published was not true.

This is a lie.

PetroSaudi did not make a police report saying the portal was inaccurate. They made a police report when its email server was hacked; indirectly admitting that the emails published were indeed true.

If indeed Sarawak Report had published lies, 1MDB would have sued the portal and its editor a long time ago.

Husni lied to deflect the allegation of USD700 million of 1MDB’s money being siphoned out to Jho Low. With this lie, we can almost say that the transaction was indeed true. But what Husni could only say was: “We got back our initial investment of US$1 billion and returns from the joint venture. So there is no issue of Jho Low in this.”

Well, that is of course how siphoning money works. You cover the tracks by saying no money is lost.

2) LIE number 2:

When asked why did 1MDB changed auditors, Husni said that they chose Deloitte because auditors have to be rotated and it was time for KPMG to be changed after 3 years being an auditor.

This is a lie.

First off, KPMG was not changed because it was due to be rotated (in practice, this seldom happens as audit firms will fight tooth and nail to retain their client, and the audit fees). They were changed and replaced midway while auditing the the Financial Year 2013.

KPMG themselves were very reluctant to disclose why they were replaced – a peculiar behaviour for what should is touted as a ‘normal’ rotation exercise.

Husni had to lie about this to give confidence to the public that there is nothing wrong in the 1MDB accounts.

3) LIE number 3:

Husni had said that due to 1MDB’s joint venture with PetroSaudi, Prasarana was able to operate the Arafah – Mina Metro System in Mecca in May 2015.

This is absolutely not true.

Prasarana won the contract to be the operator without any involvement of any 1MDB or PetroSaudi. In fact his statement had greatly under-appreciated the effort by Prasarana for the past many months.

Obviously, losing all arguments as to why 1MDB had to be involved in a joint venture with PetroSaudi, Husni had to justify the partnership with an outright lie.

In fact, PetroSaudi even made an announcement that the business partnership ended in 2012, years before Prasarana even started bidding for the contract.

It won’t be a surprise if our PM will be in Saudi Arabia next week to give due credit to 1MDB instead of Prasarana.

On a side note, 1MDB did not go into a joint venture with PetroSaudi proper. It went into a business deal in 2009 with its subsidiary PetroSaudi Holdings (Cayman) Ltd, back then a newly set up shell company of Tarek Obaid, a friend of Jho Low’s. But this is another complicated story which the PAC/forensic audit can investigate.

4) LIE number 4:

Husni repeatedly saying that all the monies from the joint venture with the Arab business partners have borne profits and have returned home (pelaburan semua kita bawa balik).

This is a lie.

We have always find it preposterous when the PM, and CEO of 1MDB said this. And now that the FM2 is regurgitating what the two are saying, then we know that what Husni said was tutored and rehearsed.

The fact is, the monies from those investments have never returned home. All of it was parked in Cayman Islands and just like Husni said in the show, ALL of those redeemed money were used to pay the loans. Not one sen have returned into our soil.

The rakyat did not get anything from those deals. But the loan lenders and bankers got everything, with interests. So what is so good about 1MDB?

And of course, even with this revelation, there will be people who do not find this despicable. Everything is fine and dandy in 1MDB.

5) LIE number 5

At the start of the show, Husni mentioned that the RM27 billion debts are not missing, because if they were, the government and banks will be very alarmed (they might not get the loan repayments) and this could lead to credit risks.

What was said on May 25th 2015

What was said on May 25th 2015

This is a lie.

The banks did become nervous.

On May 25th, Husni mentioned that 1MDB’s massive loans have to be restructured because he did not want those loans to be defaulted and cause systemic effect on the country.

True enough, reports came early last month that the consortium of banks had demanded an early settlement for the USD975 million (RM3.6 billion) which was due in August. This is because, they felt 1MDB has no money to pay them. If the loan is not paid immediately, it could trigger a cascading default over the rest of the RM42 billion loans.

This had made Husni issued that statement on May 25th.

In a state of panic, 1MDB and the Ministry of Finance concocted a devious plan to pay this loan but dubbed it ‘as part of the rationalisation plan’ to reduce the overall loans, including ‘winding-down’ 1MDB altogether.

How ironic it was when Husni himself admitted at the end of the show that 1MDB had to restructure its debt because if they do not do anything, the loans will be defaulted and Malaysia’s overall credit ratings will be downgraded.

The fact that there is a need to revamp 1MDB’s debt tells us that 1MDB, with all of its RM42 billion liabilities and RM52 billion of assets are facing a major crisis and all the players involved are still walking about traversing the world scot-free.

For a Finance Minister of Husni’s calibre it is indeed worrying that he sees nothing wrong for a company with only RM1 million paid up capital could acquired and accumulated over RM42 billion of debts in a span of just 5 years. And he said that proudly in the show as if it is a form of accomplishment of sorts.

No wonder due to his naivety, he is chosen to clean up other people’s mess. And along the way, in the effort to boost up 1MDB’s dead and buried integrity, he has lost his credibility.

It is unfortunate that when people ask questions, the experts in 1MDB themselves give misrepresentation of facts. Widening the trust deficit and lowering confidence.

1MDB: Arul Kanda and his clarification on the RM42 billion debt

After more than 12 months since people have seriously asked questions about the financial scandal in the form of 1MDB, its CEO Arul Kanda made a brief press statement to show that all RM42 billion debts are accounted for.

The stupidest thing 1MDB’s spinmasters is banking on is to tell the public that the critics have been saying RM42 billion is missing from the 1MDB accounts or RM27 billion is lost. And then these spinmasters proceeded to show its accounts which stated RM42 billion is there in the books. This is exactly what Arul Kanda is doing.

The debt is there but where did the money go?

The debt is there in the accounts but where did the money go to, it wasn’t clarified.

Arul Kanda stated:

“In recent weeks, there has been much speculation about the use of RM 42 billion of debt raised by 1MDB, and more specifically that RM 27 billion of debt proceeds are alleged to be “lost” or “missing”. We provide a summary of what the RM42 billion debt has been used for, information that is fully disclosed in 1MDB’s audited and publicly available accounts from 31 March 2010 to 31 March 2014. We trust this clarification will help to clear any confusion on this matter.”

Did this answer the questions:

1) Why did 1MDB used a company linked with Jho Low, Brazen Sky to invest in Cayman Islands? What happened to the money? In news report back in May 2014, the amount cannot be verified by 1MDB’s external auditor.

Based on 1MDB’s latest financial documents for the year ended March 31, 2013, its auditors were unable to determine details on the US$2.3billion (RM8.05 billion) investment. – source

Of course, the figure is stated in 1MDB’s financial statement. But what happened to that billions of money?

2) The high financial cost in acquiring those unnecessary loans which according to the books above, costing more than RM5 billion in interests which taxpayers have to bear. On top of that, why pay RM1.54 billion to Goldman Sachs being fees and commission just to raise RM15 billion bonds when only RM400K was paid to banks when Prasarana raised RM2 billion bonds? That’s 10% against 0.02%

Even Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd for example, had raised USD1 billion in bonds paying only 0.5% in fees and expenses.

From the chart above, that RM4.5 billion in cost of finance is a huge red flag. On top of it all, taxpayers are already footing the bill for RM950,000,000 in standby credit given to 1MDB in March 2015.

3) Is all the RM4.2 billion ‘investment’ in Aabar all accounted for? What are the returns for this and to who and into what was the money invested in?

4) How come 1MDB agreed to pay PetroSaudi USD700 million (RM3.2 billion) of interest free loan given just a few days before? This money was banked in into Good Star Ltd’s account. Good Star Ltd  belongs to Jho Low. All this was discovered through chain of email which was never denied by 1MDB nor Jho Low. Even the ‘purported loan’ initially given by PetroSaudi to 1MDB was doubtful in its authenticity and existence.


From the JV agreement between 1MDB and PetroSaudi back in 2009

5) Who is Jho Low and why is he handling all the business deals involving 1MDB. Is he a staff of 1MDB staff or an authorised civil servant in Ministry of Finance?

These are just some basic, uncomplicated question which Arul Kanda simply could not and did not answer in his brief press statement above.

We all know the figure is there stated in the financial statement. Even when a company which has RM1 million debt will show that RM1 million in its final audited accounts. But what happened to the loan is something which nobody was prepared to answer, if it has been siphoned off for ‘special’ usage.

But we are in luck. Hopefully the Finance Minister II can answer these 5 questions (and more) comprehensively tonight.


#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #reference

Big Boss of 1MDB: “I buat salah, you resign ok”

We live in a funny world where people who committed mistakes can give ultimatum to people who have nothing to do with the mistakes to resign.

Nazri Aziz, the PM’s long time loyalist said yesterday:

“PM said this at the meeting: ‘if somehow, some of you feel uncomfortable with this (the rationalisation of 1MDB), please hand in or write (your resignation)..”

This loyal minion wanted to tone down some news reports which had said the PM gave an ultimatum to cabinet ministers.

From the words that came out from Nazri Aziz’s mouth, it was indeed sounded like an ultimatum.

114222jkg0r0mg6j0w1q6jThis is a living proof where accountability is truly dead in this administration. Instead of sacking right away the Board of Directors in 1MDB, as well as the non-performing Finance Minister I, the Prime Minister in his move to save himself had asked his colleagues to tender their resignation if they feel uncomfortable with his plans.

Nevermind the fact that his colleagues have got nothing to do with 1MDB in the first place!

Instead of cabinet ministers urging him to resign for the obvious financial debacle (otherwise 1MDB do not have to be restructured), it was the top advisor of 1MDB who had asked them to quit. Isn’t that laughable?

Don’t you all have any conscience? Don’t you all feel any shame sitting in that cabinet chair? Did any minister say their grievances and uneasiness when no one from 1MDB has been accountable for the huge, unnecessary loans which now had to be restructured?

Worse, it is revealed that for any deals 1MDB is involved, it needs to get the approval from the PM cum-FM himself. This is confirmed by Jho Low and even by 1MDB’s current CEO. The justification to ensure for at least the resignation of FM1 is rock solid.

But there was silence from around the cabinet table.

Is it really comfortable sitting in that chair?

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

1MDB has special people supporting it

It must have taken a special kind of people to see there’s nothing wrong with the fact that Arul Kanda, the CEO of 1MDB had lied to the public last February. He said, the money from Cayman Islands have been repatriated home (dibawa pulang) and it was in the form of cash.

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

This led people to question, if billions of dollars have been repatriated home, in which bank has it been deposited? Our market would be flushed with liquidity but no banks seemed to have it.

Suddenly there was a stammer and a mumbling of replies. The Prime Minister, oblivious to the questions posed, agreed with Arul Kanda by announcing it in Parliament in March, but by then it is discovered that the cash is in a bank in Singapore. Why was it in Singapore? The PM had this to say “that cash was being kept in Singapore to facilitate withdrawals because Bank Negara has strict rules that make it difficult to withdraw more than RM50 million.”

Never mind the fact that the PM, who is also masquerading as Finance Minister was circumventing his own Bank Negara for this.

But only special kind of people will never ask why hasn’t the money being kept in banks in Malaysia because US dollar accounts can be opened easily in our local banks.

And it takes very special kind of people not to see how incompetent Arul Kanda and the Finance Minister really is in dealing with this “cash-is-at-home-but-not-at-home-now-in-units” issue.

Fact is, there was never cash to begin with. It was just a paper based “I owe you” document which stated USD1.1 billion as a form of collateral for some middle eastern joint venture escapade. And how 1MDB, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister (they are basically the same person) could have been mistaken, is beyond our imagination.

Since it is confirmed that the CEO is incompetent (could also be brainless) in getting this simple thing right, 1MDB need really special people to support and give it a thumbs up for this kind of fiasco.

And what kind of withdrawals can they perform with this ‘paper asset’? On hindsight, the PM’s reply in March is incoherent and made no sense. But still, special kind of people like being led by the dubious and love to believe in magic tricks.

Recently, special kind of people are defending this fiasco by saying, that as long as the money is there, then there is no need to dwell on the apparent lies being told by the awful triumvirate of 1MDB, Finance Ministry and the Premiership.

They are basically trying to justify incompetencies and public disinformation. Pitiful special people.

And perhaps a much bigger issue is the restructuring of 1MDB and its consequent ‘winding-down’ prior to the AG report and PAC report are completed.

Majority of Malaysians have made up their minds that 1MDB is in trouble months before the May 26 rationalisation announcement by the Finance Minister II.

Everyone knows that 1MDB is in bad shape because it had stupidly accumulated huge amount of loans with little cash inflows to make repayments. Basically, it has bad business management.

But of course, special kind of people with the Prime Minister as their mouthpiece trumpeted 1MDB as a sound and financially able company with more assets than liabilities.

Lo and behold! Suddenly it begged for cash injection, standby credit etc to pay its loan interests.

And now, all these special people must eat humble pie and 1MDB must undergo a revamp in its business. Alas, not only these special people will not agree with the long time critics, they also do not want to accept the fact that someone should be accountable for the mess they created!

Politicians around the world have resigned for a much smaller debacle. But since there are special kind of people supporting this 1MDB and its billion dollar heist, people are forced to close their eyes and just move on.

Will the PAC, led by an UMNO MP whose position is beholden to the UMNO President be independent enough to investigate his boss? It does not matter if he is known to be “more opposition than the opposition”. The fact that his livelihood in PAC and his political career depends on the good grace of the Umno President clearly gives out the wrong signal.

This conflict of interest could only be solved if the Umno President/Finance Minister be on leave, or an independent special commission (filled with independent experts) will perform a forensic audit on 1MDB.

But again, special kind of people could not see this obvious weakness in PAC and public governance. Their ability to support with eyes close is a skill not many can learn.

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

How Barisan Nasional will lose votes

It came to our attention that Tunku Aziz, the attack dog of PM Najib, had been used by  loyalists to attack Tun Dr Mahathir for voicing his opinion.

Never in the history of Umno, a statesman which was responsible to put nearly everyone in the current Umno leadership into their seats of power, were given such vile treatment in the media and amplified further by the spindoctors and social media cybertroopers in the Najib-obsessed camp.

Well perhaps, it happened once before – during Pak Lah’s time. And we all know what happened to him.

In fact, Umno machinery had never been this vigorous and this abusive towards any Pakatan Rakyat leaders. Perhaps, they have so much to lose should the PM lost his seat.

A fellow blogger (Life of Annie) put Tunku Aziz in his place and lend perspective into these attacks. She wrote:

A bitter and vindictive old attack dog

I have to admit that every time I read what the attack dogs going after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said about the statesman, I felt like joining those attacking PM DS Najib Razak.

So far, I still manage to resist that, but I did feel this furious anger inside me whenever I read garbage such as this,

Press Statement by Tunku Abdul Aziz

These are among words used in the press statement to describe Dr Mahathir;

– spewing scurrilous lies about 1MDB

– reduced himself, in the eyes of many, to a figure of fun and ridicule

– he presents himself as an embittered, vindictive man

– He froths at the mouth every time he accuses 1MDB

– He explained with that familiar self-satisfied smirk on his face 

– Typically Mahathir denied responsibility and to this day he remains unrepentant, blasé, and unapologetic

– His manic gambling with Bank Bumi and BNM money

Sounds to me like this Tunku Abdul Aziz is the one who is bitter, vindictive and whatever else.

I do wonder what Dr Mahathir had ever done to him that he became so rabid.

Jealous of Dr Mahathir’s achievements, perhaps?

Anyway, what has this Tunku Abdul Aziz, described as a towering Malay when he was with DAP, ever done for agama, bangsa dan tanah air?

Has he done more than what Dr Mahathir did as the country’s prime minister for 22 years?

Does he really think that by badmouthing Dr Mahathir, he is helping Najib?

Whoever the minder of this Tunku Abdul Aziz, I don’t think he really cares that people like me are disgusted and grow more hostile towards the prime minister because of these sorts of things.

Wasn't his fight to begin with. But bruised ego has voracious appetite.

Wasn’t his fight to begin with. But we think his bruised ego must have a voracious appetite.

Continue reading HERE on how the blogger felt that Tun Dr Mahathir had already answered (3 weeks ago!) all the things Tunku Aziz said in his press statement yesterday.

Normal people like the blogger above will always feel furious when they see Umno attacking Tun Mahathir. In their mind, if Umno present leaders and their attack dogs can be so disrespectfully rude to the point of being offensive towards the person that put them there, then they will have no qualms to be abusive and malicious towards the rakyat. 

And that is how you lose votes, on top of losing it due to your own lacklustre performance.

The only silver lining in all this is, only the paid spindoctors/cybertroopers from the Najib-obsessed camp and the self serving politicians are talking bad about Tun Mahathir. The majority of the people would just snigger at their brazen antics. 


1MDB is confirmed to be in bad shape; will be dismantled by MOF

So it is confirmed that 1MDB is in trouble. Otherwise, why would the Ministry of Finance decided to wind-down 1MDB in the effort to lessen the massive debts it has stupidly acquired for the past 6 years?

Since this is the weekend, let’s not talk about the technical details of this bailout. Let’s talk about the morals behind it.

Isn’t it strange for the Finance Minister to come up with a rescue plan when none other than the Prime Minister himself had assured Malaysians in his FAQ (Falsely Answered Question)  not to worry about 1MDB as its assets are more than its liabilities?

Wasn’t he the one that has been telling the public not to be hasty in their judgment and everyone should wait for the AG report as well as the PAC investigations to complete?

At every opportunity, he would say, “wait for the AG report”.

But it seems the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are the ones who couldn’t wait and must dismantle this financial monstrosity soonest possible. So which is which?

Is 1MDB in critical shape, or is it not?

With more and more people beginning to realise that the leaders involved had misled Malaysians into thinking this company is in good shape and that the critics had been right all along, one wonders if this ‘winding-down’ strategy by MOF will just going to be a pyrrhic victory for the Prime Minister.

Obviously they would want to absolve all 1MDB’s mismanagement for the past 6 years under the pretext that this exercise will help reduce the RM42 billion debts.

They will wipe their hands clean and pat themselves on the back for the job well done. And when AG and PAC report is presented, it will be superfluous as the revamp exercise is going to be underway and the board of directors and advisors can walk away with a huge severance package.

This plan would not work unless there are no intelligent ministers in the cabinet to expose this nonsense.

Hoping this will be over soon..

Hoping this nightmare will be over soon..

The desperation is reeking from all angles. And to make matters worse, this is not the first time 1MDB is bailed out. The first was in February when it was rescued by Ananda Krishnan before loan payment of RM2 billion was defaulted. The second was in March when MOF extended a RM950 million standby credit for 1MDB to use in settling its loan interests.

And for the third, foreigners from the Middle-East are sought to help this troubled pile of stinking mess – to help reduce loans amounting RM16 billion which shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Begging the arabs to save us from our own mistakes.

So what will these arabs investors get in return?

“The deal reached with Abu Dhabi-based IPIC and Aabar will help reduce the debt by RM16 billion and in exchange, 1MDB will provide IPIC and Aabar with a number of financial assets, including units that are held in the company’s BSI Singapore account.”

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Will anyone be accountable and take the fall for this fiasco? Highly unlikely.

Will our original questions be answered? Next to impossible.

The emperor is busy fiddling while his pants is on fire.

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #new-economic-model