1MDB and the politics of donations

PM Najib Razak and his PR team have clearly spun a rather complex yarn about the RM2.6 billion and the rakyat is just not buying into it anymore


By Charles Santiago

In the last few weeks, we have seen the antics of the government, consisting of one huge drama with a sloppily written script to boot.

The culmination however was the outcome of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation, which said that the RM2.6 billion found in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s private bank accounts came from donations.

To me and a large segment of Malaysians, this does not make sense.

Why didn’t Najib volunteer this information in the first place?

Why did he keep mum despite mounting pressure from the rakyat, demanding the source of this huge amount of money?

And more importantly, why keep the donations a secret from his former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, who repeatedly appealed to Najib to come clean about it?

Before the anti-corruption body revealed its findings, a top ranking officer was arrested. Officers in the Attorney-General’s chambers were arrested.

Former Attorney-General, Abdul Gani Patail and Muhyiddin, were both sacked without notice.

Four members from the Public Accounts Committee were given Cabinet positions, effectively halting investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad which they were in the midst of.

Then Najib’s spin doctors said there was a foreign power-instigated conspiracy to topple the PM and government.

Throughout the drama, various government bodies and ruling politicians warned Malaysians against questioning the 1MDB financial heist or Najib’s role in it.

Therefore can anyone be blamed for questioning if these arbitrary measures were undertaken to help save Najib?

1MDB and the politics of donations
August 4, 2015 – FMT


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