Friday, July 31, 2015

Apandi to Clare: What sheet are you talkng about now?

Apandi
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“T‎he alleged charge sheets are not in and never reached the Attorney General’s Chambers. Furthermore, the format of the sheets is not  correct ..." - A-G Apandi Ali on Sarawak Report's latest claim that his predecessor Gani Patail was about to serve Najib Razak a warrant of arrest when he was sacked.




Remember the doctored pic that was used by Najib Razak's opponents to try and implicate him in the Altantuya scandal and stop him from becoming the PM? The image was sooo bad that we didn't know if we should laugh or cry. And yet, some Malaysians fell for it. 




Fast forward to this week: the Sarawak Report published what it said was a draft charge sheet for Najib Razak and claimed that this was the reason why the PM had sacked Gani Patail as Attorney General.

Clara's charge sheet

It's a desperate attempt on the part of Clare Rewcastle Brown to salvage whatever's left of her tattered reputation. She knows that the Sarawak Report is not going to succeed in toppling the Malaysian Prime Minister. So she was out to embarass Najib Razak and David Cameron during the one-day working visit of her Prime Minister to Malaysia. 

New Attorney-General Apandi Ali was quick to expose the scam [Claims by SR a threat to Malaysia's democracy, says AG]. But some Malaysians are helping sell Clara's sheet to the really gullible among us because it serves their own agenda.

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Updates:
1. Sarawak Report not a good liar after all, by Jailani Harun, 31/7
The seasoned journalist describes Clare's latest as "another dirty stupid stunt by Sarawak Report". He quotes the deputy Solicitor General I Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Hamzah.
2. Sarawak Report siar dokumen fake!!! by The Unspinners, 30/7

Fake vs Ori
3. Zeti is alive and kicking, by Dave Avran, 30/7
The crime-buster ridicules talk that the Bank Negara governor was also sacked or going to resign.
4. Malaysian Digest's round up:




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Muhileaks: What the latest video grab proves ...


Muhyiddin: I asked him (Najib) from whom? He did not mention siapa nama dia, from somewhere in the Middle East.

Berapa banyak? Lepas tu dia ..(inaudible)... susah nak kiralah. Dia kata 'a lot', 'a lot'. Then saya kata kenapa masuk account you? ...(inaudible)... kenapa masuk account Najib Razak? Duit berapa? 700 million US dollar. Kalau kali tiga point something... 2.6 billion that goes into his personal account. Ini dia sebut. He admitted. So I said why did you put into your personal account? 
Read the Malaysiakini's piece h e r e.

This is the second "leaked" video since May featuring former DPM Muhyiddin Yassin talking behind his boss' back (he's still Najib Razak's deputy in the party) and people are saying there will be more, not as many as Wikileaks but enough.

If Muhyiddin is to be believed - on the part that Najib had accepted money from a party or parties in the Middle East - then what it really proves is that Wall Street Journal's insinuations that the US$700 million had been 1MDB's money were simply not true.

This is important.

We've been hearing stories about how the money had come from sources in Abu Dhabi, parties that wanted Najib Razak's government to continue ruling Malaysia. Muhyiddin has now confirmed that this is the case. That the money did not come from or belong to 1MDB.

In his official responses to WSJ's claim, Najib has maintained that he did not take any 1MDB money for personal gain, that the Wall Street Journal 's aim was to incite malice, backed by certain quarters in the country whose aim is to make him step down as Prime Minister and Umno president.” [Read full story h e r e]

Monday, July 27, 2015

Muhyiddin: Devil's advocate to some, Devil's apprentice to others


Every Cabinet Minister has one
At least one faction within Umno has dubbed Najib Razak's deputy in party and government Muhyiddin Yassin a pengkianat (traitor) for his statement on the PM's 1MDB and the Home Minister's 3-month ban on The Edge last night. I thought that was excessive. I'm more inclined to agree with the guys at the Unspinners, who are pro but not rabidly pro-Najib, who contend that  Jika TSMY membodek, usaha meyakinkan rakyat take maenad ... In a nutshell, there is another faction within Umno who believes that Muhyiddin had to play the Devil's advocate in order to keep the people's faith in the party and in Najib.

Personally, I would go as far as to say that Abang Din is the last Umno man you'd call a pengkhianat.  If he hadn't stood up when everyone else would not dare to even look up back then, Pak Lah would not have stepped down in 2009 and Najib would not have become Prime Minister and Tun Mahathir might not have succeeded in toppling his successor.

All the same, it's hard not to find his depedence on the Edge for information on 1MDB a little mind-boggling. He could have asked Abdul Wahid Omar or Rahman Dahlan to help him understand the 1MDB issue if he's not confident that Husni, the MOF 2, is qualified enough There's also the Fact Sheet on 1MDB that was given to every Minister to help them understand what the 1MDB issue is all about. 

Anyway, since my brain has been dyed, allow me to share the SMS (and the Reader's conclusion and post-MRI comments):

Dear Reader: Morning Datuk, comment please: If Not The Edge Then Which Source Can Be Trusted For 1MDB Report, asks Muhyiddin, The Malaysian Insider,  26 july
Bru: Morning. I'm still digesting this fantastic piece of news. Muhyiddin went along with Najib's plan to postpone UMNO elections and did not "step out" when his boss gave Cabinet ministers the ultimatum you're with me or resign. This is also not the first time Abang Din is swimming against the tide (remember the closed door clipping of him asking 1MDB Board to be sacked?). Therefore, for all we know, and given their history of working very closely and quietly together, this could be a silap mata (magic show) by Najib and Muhyiddin. Far fetched? We have seen this Umno silap mata time and again since Tunku was squeezed out subtly by Tun Razak and Ghafar Baba by Anwar Ibrahim not-so-subtly. And all the wayang kulit between Anwar and Mahathir, Mahathir and Musa, Ghafar and Mahahtir, Musa and Ku Li, Najib and Pak Lah. But then again ... Jeng Jeng Jeng ...
Of course (it could be for real). Muhyiddin's back may be against the wall.  Zahid Hamidi (Zahid lebih berani dari Muhyiddin) has emerged as a strong contender for No 2 and the 3-month suspension of the Edge is a move that will win Zahid big support in Umno, (Muhyiddin's) own Education portfolio is giving him nightmares, his son and son-in-law's business ventures are the subject of cruel gossips in the corridors of PWTC, and Tun M's pressure on him to act is piling up! 
Dear Reader: Wow, that's lengthy! 
Bru: The short answer is - Pening! 
Dear Reader: Yes  
Bru: What is YOUR take on Muhyiddin's speech? Wait, watch this clipping first. There are nuances here that are not in the TMI article. 


Dear Reader: This clipping from last nite or the previous talk
Bru: Last night's 
Dear Reader: Okay, I'll listen to it.
Two minutes later ...
Dear Reader: Sebagai seorang rakyat marhaen, saya rasa dia melawan boss dia (As an ordinary citizen, I feel that he is going against his boss).

At this point, I had to say goodbye to Dear Reader to keep my 11am appointment with the MRI:  a 20-minute claustrophobic session inside a freezing, futuristic capsule that felt like a coffin and forever. I imagined I was on the beach (which didn't work) and then  imagined I was attending a rock concert with my eyes closed. The banging and clanging was not so bad after a while and I think I know now what which might have inspired Pink Floyd's best.

As I'm writing this, I received a final text from the reader.

Dear Reader: I have listened (to Muhyiddin's clipping). And I do agree w what he said.
Saya #teammuhyiddin

Well, you can't win them all.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

"The Truth About Malaysia Today"

The inimitable Anifah Aman, in an open letter to the Wall Street Journal, ridicules the newspaper editors claim that Malaysia was in danger of becoming a failed state and tells them, in not so many words, to get over their infatuation with Anwar Ibrahim or just admit that they are, in fact, taking sides in Malaysia's internal politics ... 

OPEN LETTER TO THE WSJ
Anifah dAman
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL takes aim at Malaysia, but once again displays a woeful lack of knowledge and understanding of our country and its history. 
Malaysia has been a democracy since independence in 1957. Elections are fiercely contested, and the opposition won five out of the country’s 13 states in 2008. Political discourse is vibrant and noisy. The “voices of dissent” that the opposition’s former leader, Anwar Ibrahim, claims not to be able to hear are dominant in Malaysia’s online news media, which has far more readers here than the print press. If anyone doubts Malaysians’ “fundamental liberties”, they can easily see for themselves how free anyone is to criticise the government on these news sites. 
Anwar mentions the recent Prevention of Terrorism Act as “encroaching” on those liberties. But he fails to mention that it explicitly states that “No person shall be arrested and detained solely for his political belief or political activity”. POTA in fact further secures the liberties of Malaysians: both their freedom to speak out, and their freedom from extremists who pose a real threat to the country. Anwar may not take this threat seriously, but the Malaysian government does. 
The WSJ gives Anwar the platform to raise false and politically motivated allegations of corruption against our Prime Minister. Perhaps it might have been relevant for the WSJ to mention that Anwar himself was convicted of corruption in 1999. The verdict was not overturned. 
He is currently in jail after a legal process that lasted years. He was first acquitted, then convicted, allowed to appeal, and only when that failed did he go to prison. If he truly believed in his innocence, he could have submitted his own DNA to the court. If the charge had been “trumped up”, as the WSJ falsely says, that would have proven it. But he did not – hardly the action of an innocent man. 
Far from “sowing communal and religious animosity”, the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak early on launched the 1Malaysia policy. This is the greatest attempt in Malaysia’s history to forge a national identity that includes all races and religions, and the Prime Minister regularly attends the festivals of non-Muslims, going to churches and temples to share the celebrations of fellow Malaysians. Anwar and the opposition, however, never supported 1Malaysia. Why not? Was it because Anwar himself had a well-documented history of rabble-rousing and extremism, as well as of spouting anti-Semitic remarks – as the WSJ well knows but again fails to mention.
The suggestion that Malaysia is in danger of becoming a “failed state” would be laughable – if it were not for the fact that some people take Anwar seriously and will believe what he says, no matter how wild or imaginary. 
Here is what some other people have said about Malaysia recently: 
Bloomberg rated Malaysia as the world’s 5th most promising emerging market in 2015.
The IMF’s latest report on our country was titled: “Favorable Prospects for Malaysia’s Diversified Economy”
A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations wrote: “Malaysian political discourse is becoming far more open than it was even a decade ago.”
And the ratings agency Fitch recently upgraded the outlook for Malaysia. 
This is the truth about Malaysia today. It is a pity that the WSJ has fallen for desperate, unfounded allegations by a politician and presented them as facts – thereby taking sides in internal Malaysian politics.

 p.s.  This letter to WSJ follows an earlier one that Anifah wrote to the New York Times last month, after the newspaper had published its interview with Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the eve of the holy Ramadan (NYT and its agenda of making sure the "nasty spat" not only continues but gets nastier in Ramadan, 19 June). 
For the blissfully ignorant, the New York Times early this month ran an article based on unnamed investigator document(s) to say that US$700 million had flowed into PM Najib Razak's personal bank account in 2013.  
Dow Jones & Company, which owns the New York Times, unfortunately, opted for a non-committal and ambiguous position in its response to Najib's formal inquiry into the article through his lawyers [WSJ's article self-explantory, Dow Jones says in reply to Najib's lawyers]. 
The Malaysian PM is reserving his rights to sue the NYT. - the Bru

Friday, July 24, 2015

So, who else did you mislead to justify your end(s), Mr Tong?

"Me, I have only ONE question for Tong: Did you pay Justo for the information?
- My posting last Monday, h e r e

Friday 24 July: If the Singapore Straits Times' interview with detained blackmailer Xavier Justo was explosive, tycoon Tong Kooi Ong's subsequent confession that he had misled Justo is equally, if not more, shocking.

Tong's confession, which is not exactly voluntary - he made it only after Justo had pointed a finger at him during his interview with ST - puts crucial things in the 1MDB/plot to topple PM issue in perspective, finally.

It also raises questions about honesty and ethics:

1. It proves that Justo has been telling us the the truth about the 1MDB issue and the Singapore "plot" to topple the Malaysian Prime Minister after all;
2. It establishes that Tong is more involved in the scheme of things than he'd led us to believe initially;
3. If Tong had misled the source/whistleblower,  who else has he conned to achieve his objective(s);
4. Ho Kay Tat, the managing editor of The Edge, said in his "We couldn't walk away ..." statement that "We did not pay for our information." Was Kay Tat aware all along that Tong, who owns The Edge, was misleading Justo - promising to pay the Swiss USD2 million without the intention to keep his word?; and
5. Did Clare Brown, the owner of Sarawak Report, know what Tong had promised to pay USD2 million so as to mislead Justo, and did she go along with that?



Read Tong's confession:
Tong: Okay, okay, I conned the guy USD2 mil. So what?
Yes, we misled Justo — Tong Kooi Ong
JULY 24 — We refer to the story in the Singapore Straits Times in which Andre Xavier Justo accused us of not paying him what we said we would for the information he gave us on the scandalous 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)-PetroSaudi joint venture.
First off, we must say the Singapore Straits Times journalist must be very well connected to be given access to Justo in his Bangkok jail.
Even our Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who is now in Bangkok, has so far been refused access to Justo.
We wonder which powerful hidden hand arranged for Nirmal Ghosh of the Straits Times to meet Justo so that he can launch an attack on us?
Justo is obviously an angry man, and undestandably so, as we did not pay him what he wanted.
Yes, we misled him. But that was the only way to get hold of the evidence to expose how a small group of Malaysians and foreigners, cheated the people of Malaysia of US$1.83 billion (RM6.978 billion).
His statement confirmed what we have said earlier i.e. we never paid anyone.
As for Justo’s allegations that we told him we intended to tamper the documents and that our objective was to bring down the government, surely if we had such intentions we would not tell it to someone we were meeting for the first time.
All the more so, when we know he will be upset with us because we will eventually not pay him what he wants.
There was no tampering because we immediately did a digital fingerprint of the hard disk that contained over 400,000 emails and documents and secured it. What is in the discs we have given Bank Negara Malaysia, the police and MACC this week is the exact copy as the one Justo passed to us and he has said he did not do any tampering.
Furthermore, the money trail we have put together and passed to investigators showing how money from 1MDB were moved into the accounts of various people at several global banks in several countries can be easily verified by investigators with help from their counterparts in this country.
Justo is understandably a bitter man. But this is not about Justo, neither is it about us.
It’s about a scheme to cheat the people of Malaysia of US$1.83 billion through the 1MDB-PetroSaudi joint venture.
The fact that so many government agencies are now investigating 1MDB and that it is now almost an insolvent company that needs to be bailed out validates all the work The Edge Media Group has done to expose what had happened.
We have done nothing wrong and we are here to assist investigators unlike some who seem to have disappeared.
* Tong Kooi Ong is the chairman of The Edge Media Group.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/yes-we-misled-justotong-kooi-ong#sthash.Mb7zofLm.dpuf


p.s. Quite amusing that Tong has the cheek to ask how ST could have gotten the interview with Justo.
First off, we must say the Singapore Straits Times journalist must be very well connected to be given access to Justo in his Bangkok jail.
Even our Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who is now in Bangkok, has so far been refused access to Justo.
We wonder which powerful hidden hand arranged for Nirmal Ghosh of the Straits Times to meet Justo so that he can launch an attack on us?
I'm sure, Tong, that the ST did not have to mislead anyone to get the interview.

The USD2 m Interview with Justo that WSJ should have gotten

If the following report had been a scoop by Malaysia's NST, some of us will be scoffing. Straits Times is Singapore's and in Singapore - media, judiciary, Singdollar - we trust. I wonder how WSJ had managed not to get an interview with Justo. Safer to hide behind ambiguity, I suppose. - The Bru

Ex-PetroSaudi employee says he was never paid what prominent Malaysian businessman promised him

Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo - who is now in jail in Thailand in connection with trying to blackmail his former employer, PetroSaudi, which is entangled in a huge scandal involving the Malaysian government - has claimed that he was promised US$2 million (S$2.7 million) in exchange for data he stole from his former employer.
He also told The Straits Times in a prison interview that he was never paid what he was promised by a prominent Malaysian businessman. Justo claimed a deal was reached in Singapore in February on the sale of the documents, which was followed by lengthy discussions on how he would be paid.
The group of people he met in Singapore to negotiate the sale of the data were named in a 22-page confession Justo made to Thai police. He showed a copy of the confession to The Straits Times.
"I tried to open an account in Singapore, to have the money paid directly from (the buyer's) account," Justo said. "DBS Bank refused, I don't know why. After that I opened an account in Abu Dhabi in my own personal name which was refused by (the buyer) because it had my name on it."
"Then I tried to use my company account in Hong Kong and he said the same, after that it was through a Luxembourg company and then again (the buyer) refused and after that Clare Brown took the lead," he said.
He was referring to Ms Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the Malaysian-born British-based editor of the Sarawak Report, which over the past year has made astonishing claims about the misappropriation of billions at state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), whose advisory board is headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Justo claimed the buyer also "offered to pay me by cash".
He said: "So I was supposed to go to Singapore every week or every other week to receive an envelope with a few thousand or tens of thousands, and repeat this process for months until the final amount will have been paid. And again I refused."
Justo echoed what Thai police said last week, that his confession was backed up by documents including a record of his WhatsApp conversations with the buyers.
"All of what is written in my confession, most of it is proven by e-mail conversations, WhatsApp messages I have had with (them)."
Ms Rewcastle-Brown had agreed to receive the US$2 million from the buyer and send him US$250,000 a month for consultancy services, he claimed.
"I don't know if she received the money or not, (because) I was arrested," he said. "I have no idea."
Contacted by The Straits Times, Ms Rewcastle-Brown rubbished the allegations as "bunkum".
"What I have presented on 1MDB and has been clarified by The Edge and corroborated by several other official sources is a coherent explanation of events, versus the dodging, changing stories of 1MDB," she said. The Edge is a Malaysian daily whose chief executive officer, Mr Ho Kay Tat, was questioned by Malaysian police yesterday over articles it published related to 1MDB.
On Monday, in a note published on the front page of his daily, Mr Ho said the newspaper had "a public duty to find and report the truth".
"We were not involved in any theft, we did not pay anyone, and we did not tamper (with) any of the e-mails and documents we were given," he added.
He also said the newspaper was handing over to Malaysian government investigators printed documents and the hard disk that contains bank transfers and statements linked to the 1MDB scandal.
Justo, who gave the interview across a table in a small office inside the sprawling Bangkok Remand Prison, also claimed that the group he had met in Singapore - including Ms Rewcastle-Brown - had tampered with the data he had given them.
"I gave the original documents without any kind of alteration," he claimed. "I can say that I gave those documents to two groups of people," he added. One was Ms Rewcastle-Brown and "her IT guy" and the other was the Malaysian businessman and his colleague. The Straits Times is not naming the businessman as well as his colleague pending their response to the latest allegations.
He alleged that those he met had talked about using the documents "to try to  bring down the Malaysian government", adding that they also referred to plans to "modify the documents".
 Refuting vehemently these allegations, Ms Rewcastle-Brown said Justo was "full of untruths."
She said: "Why would I wish to alter anything?  If I had, why haven't 1MDB and PetroSaudi brought out the evidence of such altering in all of the last five or so months?"
Thai police arrested the tattooed Justo, who has a wife and a nine-month-old son, currently in Switzerland, on June 22 at his spacious residence on the resort island of Koh Samui. 
Justo, a former head of IT at the London office of Petro Saudi, has admitted that he had stolen company data - some 90 gigabytes worth - when he left in 2011.
He said he asked Petro Saudi for more money in 2013 but it turned him down. Subsequently, through a contact in Geneva with connections in Malaysia, he was introduced to Ms Clare Rewcastle-Brown, whom he later met in Bangkok at the Plaza Athenee hotel and in Singapore at the Fullerton Hotel. In Singapore, she was accompanied by the others named in his confession.
Justo, 48, was clean-shaven, looking well and composed. He was clad in a light blue cotton prison issue shirt and darker blue shorts. Looking over his reading glasses, he showed The Straits Times his confession, written densely in capital letters over 22 pages.  He said it had not been made under duress, and that he had been pleasantly surprised at how well he had been treated in the Bangkok prison.
Justo faces up to seven years in jail and a fine if found guilty of extortion. He was hoping for a lighter prison term in view of his confession, his lawyer Pranot Kalanuson told The Straits Times.
Thai police spokesman, Lieutenant-General Prawut Thavornsiri, said on Wednesday that Justo must be tried first in a Thai court on charges of blackmail and serve a jail term - if any - before he could be extradited, according to The Star newspaper in Malaysia. It quoted the spokesman as saying that police were seeking evidence against the Swiss national that would be submitted to the public prosecutors, possibly within this month.
Malaysia's police chief Khalid Abu Bakar arrived in Bangkok yesterday to try to interview Justo.
• With reporting by Malaysia Correspondent Shannon Teoh
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline 'Justo: I was offered $2.7m for stolen data'. Print Edition | Subscribe

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Publish and be damned: I'd do the same but up to a point ...

Otais: Zam, AKJ, SyedN
Updated: Not all willing to openly agree with Kay Tat's Way, The Mole quizzes seasoned journos if they'd do the same if they were in Kay Tat's shoes ...
No political agenda? In my posting below, I deliberately left out the politics from Kay Tat's "we couldn't walk away" statement. Do read YB Rahman Dahlan's "Excuse me, I wasn't born yesterday" for that. 

Original posting:


Ho Kay Tat: I did not pay for the documents

As a journalist, I salute Ho Kay Tat for upholding our right to publish what he deems to be true and in the interest of the public. I have known editors who'd rather be damned for NOT publishing instead of pushing the limits of press freedom: they'd cower at the slightest prospect of a lawsuit, or the displeasure of their CEO, or the wrath of politicians.

Kay Tat, based on the statement he issued yesterday, is a publish-and-be-damend kind of editor. My kind of guy.

"The easiest thing we could have done after coming across what we found, was to walk away. Why look for trouble? But we could not do that. We chose to take the difficult path, one that we knew will be fraught with risks to ourselves personally and to our organisation, which now faces the possibility of action by the Home Ministry." - Ho Kay Tat in We could not walk away on finding out about the scheme to cheat Malaysia of billions of ringgit The Malaysian Insider 20/7/2015

If you ask me,  I'd probably do what Kay Tat did: publish those stories about dubious and shady deals once I've established for certain that those "thousands and thousands of" documents were authentic and, more importantly, that the source(s) were genuine and had no ulterior motives.

But I would have done it only up to the point of Xavier Justo's arrest in Thailand late last month and the Thai police revelation that documents had been stolen/tampered with/used for blackmail and other criminal intent.

At that point, the right thing to do would have been for the Edge to stop using those documents immediately (for fear that they may be the same documents the Thai police said may have been tampered with) and give the authorities and the accused the benefit of the doubt. The act of doing the "last kopek" article on Monday is, therefore, on the side of reckless and can be construed as self-glorification.


p.s
Did you know that ...
"Publish and be damned" were words first uttered in response to a blackmail attempt over an extra-marital affair.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lester anak Melanyi and cats on hot bricks

Updated:
YB Tony Pua threatens to sue whistleblower, openly accuses BN of paying Lester to frame him.

Bricks too hot for Pua

“I certainly hope that whatever fees Lester received from BN or its affiliated NGOs for the made-up ‘confession’ is worth his while, and more importantly perhaps is to request Dato’ Seri Rahman Dahlan to foot his legal bills.” - Pua to start defamation action against Lester Melanyi over 1MDB conspiracy claim

p.s. YB Rahman Dahlan tak nak sue Tony for slander?




 Original Posting:
21 July: For someone the alleged plotters described as "not credible", their response to Lester anak Melanyi's video confession on the Plot to topple Najib Razak has been, er, incredible. The aid plotters  - from the Sarawak Report to lovers of the Sarawak Report - are behaving seperti kera kena belacan (like a cat on hot bricks). One prominent YB implicated by this Sarawakian whistle-blower is threatening a lawsuit even! If this Lester the "disgraced" former Editor is not credible, the YB and fellow alleged plotters and their lovers and defenders shouldn't get all worked up. Chill. Or people like me will start thinking there might actually be some truth in what Lester is trying to say. 
The second part of the confession about the Plot, by the way, courtesy of The Star:


Read also:
Focus on the message, don't kill the messenger
If the messenger is disreputable, what is the credibility of the message?
SR Editor vows tell-all on Melanyi after forgery allegation
Only God knows whether I'm credible or not


And if you missed (or miss) Part 1 of Lester's Confession against the alleged plotters, reposted from my A Mighty Blow for Clare Brown and her Malaysian Marionettes:



Monday, July 20, 2015

So, Tong, did you or didn't you?

From missing RM42 b to US$1.83 b swindled, the goal post moved yet again

The Edge's Financial Daily did a front page drama today on how we Malaysians had supposedly been cheated US$1.83 billion cash by PetroSaudi and Jho Lo in 2009. 
To some, the front page has made Edge owner Tong Kooi Ong a hero. But to blogger Lim Sian See, it is just The "final kopek" for Tong and The Edge?. 
"The Edge's final desperate roll of the dice is to accuse, Saudi Royal family member, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and the Abu Dhabi government of conspiring with Malaysian govt to cheat Malaysians."  
The 1MDB called it "irresponsible reporting" and "unnecessary sensationalism". 
"We are surprised that these old and unproven allegations are being recycled yet again." 
Some of you will be asking, So what happened to the missing RM42 billion? The missing RM27 billion? The missing USD700? 
In the Edge and Tong's final analysis, Jho Lo with the Abu Dhabi government and the Malaysian government had committed international fraud in Singapore to cheat Malaysian public money. If this is true surely Singapore, the bastion of transparency, will be able to prove it and send them all - Jho Lo and gang - to rot in jail? Malaysians have full faith in Singapore justice system, what! 
And by the way, what was the issue with Prime Minister Najib Razak then? After all these months of implied accusations of Najib's "involvement ", none of their documents seem to carry any proof. It's all about Jho Lo, isn't it? 
Me, I have only ONE question for Tong: Did you pay Justo for his information? (Sepuloh Budak Hitam, Big Dog).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

"I was only joking"


YB is for Yang Berjenaka. Faced with the lawsuit that he'd boasted he was so looking forward to, YB Rafizi Ramli now said he made those remarks in jest.

Then - See you in Court!
Now - I was joking lah. y'all


Truth be told, some of us have known all along that this guy's a big joke.

You see, he has been at it for years now. Won't blame you if you are starting to believe that the YB won his Pandan seat in the 13th General Election uncleanly and unfairly - by using the diamond ring and other jewellery jokes to whip up voter sentiment against the PM's wife and, therefore, the BN government.

Take this January 2013 article, for one of the many instances.


This a joke, too, YB?


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Swiss Justo met Malaysian VIP in Singapore before selling docs on PetroSaudi, say Thai pokice



Updated, Hari Raya Day 1
Malaysian Police to question several people over alleged meeting with Swiss citizen in 1MDB scandal July 17
An Umno member met Justo to buy PetroSaudi data, say Thai cops


Thai cops say Justo met secretly with a Malaysian media tycoon
to sell data on 1MDB after failing to blackmail PetroSaudi
Original posting, Hari Raya eve
News on the clandestine meeting was circulating online these past few days but it's now CONFIRMED by the Thai police. What can I say? It doesn't rain, it pours!


Thai police: Justo met with Msian opposition leader, media tycoon
16 JULY 2015 @ 4:46 PM


BANGKOK: Thai police today confirmed that Swiss citizen Xavier Andre Justo met with a very important person from a Malaysian opposition party before selling classified information belonging to Saudi oil company PetroSaudi International. 

Royal Thai Police Commissioner of Officer of Information and Communication Technology Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri told the New Straits Times here that Justo, a former PetroSaudi director, admitted to meeting the opposition leader at a hotel in Singapore. He however declined to name the individual.

Under Thai law, a person cannot be named prior to a warrant of arrest. 

“He (Justo) met a very important person from a certain country, in Singapore. He then negotiated the selling price of the documents and later sold them to the buyer.” 

Prawut later disclosed that the individual was from an opposition party in Malaysia. He also said Justo admitted that he met with a media tycoon at the same location in Singapore. He declined to name the media tycoon. 

“We have confiscated Justo’s personal computer and we have managed to find documents and information pertaining to their meeting at a hotel in Singapore. 

“Most of these information was found from Justo’s email correspondence and WhatsApp chat records.” 

He said immigration and hotel records gathered by Thai police corroborated Justo's account of the meeting. 

He said Justo had also admitted to blackmailing his former employer, PetroSaudi International, and will be charged under Thai law for extortion and blackmail. 

Prawut however said Justo denied having tampered with documents that were eventually sold to a certain news outlet in Europe. 

“He didn’t make any changes to the documents and sent the original documents (to the buyer) as digital copies.” 

When asked if he had sold the documents to London-based whistleblower website Sarawak Report, Prawut declined to elaborate. 

“Everyone knows which news organisation I am talking about,” he said. 

Justo has been under Thai police custody since his arrest late last month after he allegedly stole thousands of emails and documents from Petro Saudio, and tried to blackmail his former employer. He moved to Thailand after he was terminated from the company. 

Thai police are investigating how, after leaving the company, Justo issued a series of blackmail demands for 2.5 million Swiss francs (approximately RM9.9 million). PetroSaudi did not meet Justo’s demand. 

Then in February this year, doctored and tampered versions of the emails suddenly started to appear on Sarawak Report, sparking a political row implicating 1Malaysa Development Bhd (1MDB) and Malaysian leaders.

Selanjutnya di : http://www.nst.com.my/node/92328?m=1

Lester Melanyi's Confession Part 1






The confession above is NOT a hoax. It's real. Lester Leef anak Albert Melanyi, the Editor of Sarawak Report. has confessed to his sins. He's had enough. And he's telling all.  
The sequel's coming but let's celebrate the Hari Raya first. Here's wishing you, my Dear Readers, Selamat Hari Lebaran, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. 
p.s. The Statutory Declaration on Najib's AmBank account that you got fed with earlier yesterday was a hoax, apparently.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Confession of a Sarawak Report editor a mighty blow for Clare Brown and her Malaysian marionettes

“The video confession also implicates several Opposition leaders who conspired with Claire Brown and Sarawak Report in the malicious plot.
“This disclosure needs to be fully investigated. ” -  Rahman Dahlan: I've seen video confession of person involved in plot to topple Najib 

The police report on a mission ... 

... A mission to Criminalize  Najib Razak and 1MDB

Evidence of tampering, fabrication and conspiracy by Sarawak Report
Rahman Dahlan::"I've seen video of confession"
Clare Brown, the owner of Sarawak Report, was this close to bringing Malaysia to its knees. When she got Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to seemingly fight side by side with her against the PM of Malaysia, especially, she was seen to be this close, But then Ramadan came and it hasn't been a good month for her. 

First, there was the arrest of Xavier Justo by the Thai police, uncovering a conspiracy of tampered emails and doctored documents to extort a former partner of 1MDB, the main subject of Tun M's wrath used expertly by Clare to discredit PM Najib Razak. 

Then, there was the expose on the clandestine meeting she held in Singapore with her marionettes, who range from Opposition politicians to a tycoon who owns a regional business publication based in Kuala Lumpur. It is just a matter of time before the Thai - or maybe even the Singapore authorities - can confirm that report, which will reinforce the conspiracy theory between Clare/SR and some big and familiar Malaysian names who would benefit - not just politically but financially - if Najib and 1MDB fall. 

And now, a killer blow, surely: a brewing scandal involving her own Editor at the Sarawak Report who's had enough of the lies, fabrication, and conspiracy. The Editor is going public with what he knows and has been witness of. 

I wrote after the arrest of Justo that SR's reputation is in tatters. It seems that it is now hanging by the noose around its owner's exposed neck.






Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Allegations confirmed reckless, says Husni

... Preliminarily, that is. - Bru

KEMENTERIAN KEWANGAN MALAYSIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE MALAYSIA

PRESS STATEMENT
YB MINISTER OF FINANCE II
DATO’ SERI AHMAD HUSNI HANADZLAH

The preliminary report by the Auditor General investigating 1MDB’s activities has found no evidence of wrong doing, and therefore the reckless allegations by some parties including the “disappearance” of RM42 billion and transfer of USD700 million to certain individual does not arise.
It is my hope that all baseless allegations  will be put to rest.  We have to remain patient and we look forward to the final report by AG and the Public Account Committee (PAC).
Our focus is now on the rationalisation plan, whereby the Government is committed to have the issues pertaining to 1MDB’s debt be resolved.
The definitive aim of the rationalisation plan is to rebalance 1MDB’s asset and debt in order to support its financial structure that will ensure its sustainability going forward.



Office of the Minister of Finance II
Ministry Of Finance, Putrajaya
14 July 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Low Yat now!

"Malaysians really must take a step back from being champion keyboard warrior kings and queens who effortlessly swing from being aviation experts to being pathologists to being forensic scientists to being flood relief experts to being earthquake and seismic activity experts to being bankers and economists."
Updates: Time to clamp down on social media, The Malaysian Insider 14/7/15
Anti-crime activist Dave Avran is quoted as saying that PDRM and MCMC need to track down and bring to book each and every website, online news portal, Twitter account, Whatsapp account, Messenger account, Facebook account, Youtube channel and Instagram account that tried to twist the Low Yat incident into a deadly racial confrontation.

"Having free access to social media channels does not automatically give you a license to inflame, incite and act in a totally irresponsible manner."
The Prime Minister agrees: Najib moots social media curbs after Low Yat brawl turns racial online, The Malay Mail, 14/7  

All and good, but the question remains: Does the Government have the political will to see this through?


Original Posting
https://www.facebook.com/988.fire/videos/vb.477956395594584/965176050205947/?type=2&theater


The Evil Side of Social Media 
I woke up this morning wih a feeling of profound gratitude to the Polis DiRaja Malaysia for keeping the Low Yat incident to just that, and not something more serious and deadly. And it could easily have (been) spun out of control. The Inspector General of Police's use of the social media via his Twitter account to appeal for calm and tell the people that the scuffle had nothing to do with race was most commendable. 

Not so the attempts by some quarters to take advantage of the incident to stoke the racial fire. To bring back the ghosts of May 13. God knows there are people out there who want the Malays and the Chinese to kill and maim one another. And these scums, their number is small but they have a powerful weapon in their possession: the smart phone. With the phone, they have access to the social media. This weapon, coupled with Malaysians' inherent gullibility, made stoking that racial fire the much more easier. If the Police had been less than effective last night, we could have woken up to very bad news this morning.

Things are now under control though I doubt may of us would be going to Low Yatt anytime soon. The thing is, we know it will happen again, unless the authorities punish not just the those gangsters involved in the fight but, more importantly, those who tried to turn this stupidity into something even more sinister. The authorities need to stop the abuse of our social media freedom now. Regulate the social media. Yes, REGULATE. 

And bring to book each and every website, news portal, twitter account, FB account, instagram etc that tried to turn last night's melee into a racial confrontation. We gotta teach these scums a lesson, or take responsibility when they turn the next little gang fight into a "race thing". 


Main source Fight in Kuala Lumpur ... by IT. SCHEISS

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sarawak Report moles in Bank Negara: Foreign correspondents in HK told a week ago


Update: BANK NEGARA DENIES
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/07/12/Bank-negara-denies-leaking-info/


Original article
Exceprts from RPK's 11 July's The Bank Negara Scandal, Yet Again 
"[Datuk NMY, SM and ARAB] have been identified as the three culprits from the bank who leaked confidential information to the Wall Street Journal.
A report has already been made against them and there is a strong possibility they are going to suffer the same fate that Murad did back in 1999.
In the first Bank Negara scandal in 1993 it involved the crime of trying to cover up the RM30 billion Forex losses and the crime of lying to Parliament. In 1999 it was the crime of money laundering and the crime of siphoning out RM3 billion. This time it is more serious.
The authorities are working on the angle that these three Bank Negara officers are trying to subvert the government and subversion can be interpreted as an act of treason. This can have very serious repercussions on the country and any act of sabotage to bring down the country is punishable under the charge of waging war against the Agong and can attract the death sentence.
Maybe they thought they were just sabotaging the Prime Minister but when the act of sabotaging the Prime Minister involves sabotaging the country then it would tantamount to treason. And treason means death.
There is no confirmation yet how the police are going to proceed with this case but indications are they are already quite fed up with the whole matter and this time may throw the book at [the Bank Negara three]."

One thing you'd know by now is that Raja Petra's info and style are not for the faint-hearted; what he dishes out can be a little too overwhelming for a lot of people. "Come on, is this for real?" someone asked me about RPK's article on the BNM moles. Well, we'll know soon enough if the Task Force led by Attorney-General Gani Patail has caught those who have been leaking out what they shouldn't to foreign agents like Saraawak Report, Wall Street Journal, Xavier Justo or/and their representatives. Since Malaysians are so ready to believe anything, why not give RPK the benefit of the doubt until it's been officially denied? But one thing we do know for sure, people leak national secrets for money. Lots of it.

In the meantime, watch this video clip* [which could as well be a manual on "How to run down your country in 30 minutes"] if only to learn that the Opposition politicians, who are among people who treat Sarawak Report's documents and articles as gospel truth, have known for a while that Clare Rewcastle Brown's moles are in the Malaysian Central Bank ...

" ... a lot of us suspect that the central bank authority or someone in the central bank is the whistleblower on this particular case." - YB Wong Chen (PKR, Kelana Jaya) at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong on July 6 on a 1MDB expose where the Wall Street Journal claimed that RM700 million had gone into PM Najib's personal account 



Other quotable quotes: 


Wong Chen's on Dr M:
"1mdb stems from Dr Mahahtir fighting PM Najib ... the basic argument is about accountability and transparency, which is very ironic because most of you know who Dr Mahathir is (chuckles), and the way he ruled for 22 years .. (more chuckles)".
On his "nest" in Singapore and very strange views on Islam:
"... it's when the people start to express very strange views about Islam and what a multiracial country should be, then that's the real challenge ... the pure news is: the government has lost its moral compass, and by losing that moral compass it is influencing the people and the community to act and behave in an erratic manner: intolerance, disunity disharmony these are the norms everyday," and he went on to blame the social media: "and we see it because the social media is now such a powerful tool, and it's going up and up, and the government is not doing much about it, despite all the rhetorics..."
Wong Chen's promoting tourism to Malaysia:
"They passed the law to bring back indefinite detention without trial. So if you come to Malaysia and you do certain things and the government is not happy with you, they might just pick you up and throw you in jail forever. There is no recourse for any judicial review, or nothing, you can't do a habeas corpus application to get any form of justice."

* Taken from Zakhir Mohamad's latest posting Relying on lies and fabricated story 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Now anyone can quote an unnamed investigator


The Malaysian Insider
http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/304822

MalayMailOnline


It used to be professional courtesy among editors to NOT name a rival publication or station when the rival is accused of being unprofessional, like misreporting or slander, unless it has already become a court case. Not anymore, judging by how the three major online portals reported on 1MDB's displeasure witih The Star. And I think this - calling a spade a spade - is refreshing, for a change. 

In the good old days, when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Prime Minister, there was no room for sloppy reporting. Not because editors back then were better or were more afraid of the PM but because they would be kept in the loop by the authorities all the time. During the double crises of 98 (Anwar Ibrahim's sacking and the Asian financial crisis), for example, Dr M personally conducted briefings for editors thorughout the crises in order to ensure that everyone was on the same page as he. 

Today, it would seem, the Press are left to their own devices. Well, most of them, that is. And that is not always good.


The 1MDB's statement on The Star:

Poor Reporting by The Star 
1MDB notes with concern a number of articles relating to 1MDB published in The Star newspaper today. In particular, The Star has made a number of assertions based on the opinions of an unnamed "investigator", with reference to certain transactions undertaken by 1MDB. 
1MDB is concerned that a regulated and licensed newspaper such as The Star is presenting such unsubstantiated opinions as fact in its reporting. Further, it is a well known fact that a number of lawful authorities are conducting investigations on 1MDB and no final determination has yet to be made. 
For example, The Star states that “Even assets that are being held for sale cannot be easily liquidated”. This is clearly wrong as the notes to the 30.03.2014 financial statements of 1MDB, as audited without qualification by Deloitte, describes how USD1.22 billion (approx. RM 4.6 billion) of these assets had in fact been liquidated and cash proceeds utilised. 
The Star further states that "there was no document related to the existence of assets and valuation of PetroSaudi Holdings (Cayman)". This is blatantly incorrect. There was a valuation report prepared when the investment was made and 1MDB has in fact submitted the same report to the lawful authorities for their review. 
Such sloppy reporting by The Star, a regulated and licensed newspaper, is disappointing. In fact, in relation to the interim report on 1MDB presented on 9 July to the Public Accounts committee (PAC) by the National Audit Department, the PAC Chairman has clearly stated that "there is nothing suspicious in the interim report". It is, therefore, clear there is no truth to allegations that "RM 42 billion" or "RM 16 billion" is missing, an allegation that has been repeated by various parties. 
A number of lawful authorities are currently conducting investigations into 1MDB. 1MDB is fully cooperating with these investigations. We trust that appropriate measures will be taken by the lawful authorities to ensure the integrity of such investigations.