Archive for May, 2018


What if Pakatan had not won?

What if Pakatan had not won? — Dharm Navaratnam

MAY 20 — It has been just over 10 days since GE14 and I woke up this morning with a strange thought.

For starters, I would imagine there would have been trumpeting and beating of drums together with loud cries of how great Barisan Nasional is. Hidup Umno! Hidup PM! Kita Sayang Najib!

Then there would have been snide comments and jokes in bad taste about a 93-year old man’s failure to wrest power.

These jokes and comments would border on being vile and sarcastic and most everyone in BN would be taking the opportunity to laugh at and condemn the nonagenarian.

There would have been no shakeups in the Civil Service and Irwan Serigar would still be holding on to the purse strings at the Treasury in his capacity as Secretary General of the Treasury.

This is the Rakyat purse string in case you didn’t know.

The Attorney General would not have been asked to go on leave. The Director General of The Registrar of Societies Malaysia would feel vindicated that the application for Pakatan Harapan was not allowed as was the decision to suspend Bersatu and she would probably be waiting for an award at the next opportunity.

This however, begets another question. Was the subsequent approval of Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu done to appease the new government or was it to correct a previous wrong. This should be made known immediately and the appropriate action taken accordingly.

Khairy Jamaluddin would have been lauding it up with the other BN leaders and gloating that his video with Najib had the desired effect. He would definitely not be questioning Najib or regretting his actions in not speaking up.

Speaking of videos, Tony Fernandes would be laughing, as would many other captains of industry that formed a band and sang a song that was somewhat akin to the BN Tagline, Hebatkan Negaraku. You can view it here if you haven’t seen it. In my opinion, captains of industry should be neutral in their political affiliation, at least in public.

Umno, MCA and MIC would be going on about how Malaysians still want race-based politics and that this is the only way forward.

It is the proven way after 61 years and it will be the way for the next 100 years. Instead, these parties are now suggesting opening up their membership to all Malaysians, a clear affirmation that race based politics don’t work.

Most importantly, there would be no investigations carried out into our former prime minister.

Datuk Amar Singh would not be the household name he now is and we would never have known of the 284 luxury handbags and 72 luggage bags of cash and jewellery that were reportedly found.

No. If BN had won, life would have just gone on.

The alleged thievery and excesses would have just gone on.

You know what the sad part about this really is? No one in positions of power dared to speak up.

No one wanted to do what was right.

All of those in positions of power, every hierarchy and every echelon in Barisan Nasional, Umno, MCA, MIC and all other component parties of BN chose to remain silent.

Yes. They chose to be silent to protect themselves. This is the most worrying part. By keeping silent, I dare to say that they are complicit.

Could we perhaps venture to think that perhaps no one knew? I seriously doubt it. I would also allude to the fact that KJ now says that he regrets protecting Najib signifies that he knew something was wrong.

And if he knew, it is highly probable and even more so likely that other politicians knew. They just accepted it either because they were probably reaping the benefits or they were just too afraid to say anything.

After all, when Muhyiddin and Shafie Apdal tried to say something, they were sacked. So was the former AG, Gani Patail.

I remember having a chat with a deputy minister before the elections. It was a brief chat but we touched on 1MDB and other issues. This said minister defended the establishment and basically said that that was the way things are.

I asked the question about why no one wanted to speak up and his answer was that the party always comes first. It was more important to toe the party line.

It is a matter of survival within the party and as such many things are overlooked.

That was disturbing to me. It was also very disturbing to me that he was ultra confident that he would win his seat and that the status quo would remain.

I suppose once you start to overlook things, the things you allow yourself to overlook just get bigger and bigger and it no longer matters about serving the Rakyat but rather serving yourself.

As it turned out though, the Rakyat decided otherwise and it is only because there was a change in Government that we are seeing what we are seeing today. A clean up of corruption and excesses that was left to go unchecked. It was left to go unchecked by our elected representatives that were supposed to look after the Rakyat first.

More and more worms seem to be crawling out of the woodwork which each passing day. As the rot becomes more apparent, and the stench starts to permeate the air there is one glaring observation.

There is stark silence from the BN related leadership and parties. They are still choosing to remain largely silent even in the face of such glaring evidence of all the seized goods. All 284 handbags, cash and jewellery. Where before there was chest thumping and other bravado, there is a subdued silence. No one seems to be saying anything about the Five Black Maria lorries that were needed to cart away all the seized goods.

So it’s a good thing that BN didn’t win the last elections. Life would just have gone on for us, the Rakyat. No one would have said anything and No one would have been any the wiser.

What if Pakatan had not won? — Dharm Navaratnam
20 May 2018 –MMO


After the upset: What Mahathir’s return means for Malaysia

After the upset: What Mahathir’s return means for Malaysia

Young voters have high hopes, but can the 92-year-old prime minister deliver change?

KUALA LUMPUR — The people of Malaysia may have just elected the world’s oldest prime minister, but Mahathir Mohamad’s path to victory was cleared by fresh-faced politicians like 25-year-old Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.

Saddiq, who passed up a post-graduate scholarship to the University of Oxford last year to enter politics, beat a three-term ruling party parliamentarian in the rural seat of Muar in Johor state on his first try running for office.

“The election has proven the people’s power to change and lead Malaysia to a better future,” he said shortly after his victory.

The “Malaysian tsunami,” as some have dubbed the May 9 election, was a resounding rejection of the status quo.
Young voters turned out in force, helping the 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad return to the prime minister’s office. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

Voters turned out in droves to deliver a shock to the pollsters, investors and political analysts who expected Najib Razak, the scandal-plagued prime minister, to return to office for a second term. Instead, the victory by the 92-year-old Mahathir marked the first time an opposition party had won since Malaysia gained independence from Britain in 1957.

The message from voters was clear: Stop the rot associated with decades of poor governance, corruption and divisive politics. Saddiq and other young candidates had also emphasized pocketbook issues, including unemployment and the high cost of living. These were winning themes with the young: Voters aged 40 and under accounted for 41% of the total.

Both young and old who voted for change are hoping Mahathir’s rich experience in politics can restore the country’s international reputation and put Malaysia back on track to becoming a developed nation.

The path may not be straightforward for Mahathir and his unproven coalition. Yet in the wake of the election, he has been relishing his newfound role as an agent of change — an unlikely fit for a man who ruled the country with an iron first for 22 years.
Mahathir Mohamad is all smiles on May 10 after claiming a stunning upset victory over Prime Minister Najib Razak in Malaysia’s election the previous day. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

“The enthusiasm was really fantastic,” he told supporters and reporters on May 10 after being sworn in. A crowd had gathered outside the state palace to try to catch a glimpse of their second-time prime minister, whose election was seen by many around the world as a repudiation of Southeast Asia’s recent drift toward authoritarian politics.

He even made a joking reference to his hard-line reputation by reminding people that his detractors had labelled him a “dictator.”

The nickname is no laughing matter, however. Tun M, as Mahathir is called by his supporters, oversaw a period of rapid economic growth and development in Malaysia during his first long stint in office. But Mahathir’s tenure was also marked by financial and political upheaval that led to the fall of many of his rivals. Some — notably Anwar Ibrahim, his protege and potential successor — were imprisoned on dubious grounds without trial simply for challenging him. Anwar was released from prison on May 16 following a royal pardon initiated by the winning coalition.
Supporters rally in support of Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur last November. Anwar, who has been detained since February 2015, may be on the brink of a political comeback. © Getty Images

Mahathir came out of retirement two years ago to take on Najib, his handpicked successor, whom he accused of destroying the country. Najib, the son of the country’s second leader, was tainted by the financial scandal involving state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB.

While a triumphant Mahathir said immediately after his election that he wouldn’t seek “revenge,” his subsequent actions — barring Najib and his wife from leaving the country and announcing an investigation into the 1MDB scandal — indicated that action would be taken.

“There are a lot of complaints against [Najib], all of which have to be investigated,” Mahathir said. “If some of the complaints are valid, we will have to act quickly because we don’t want to be saddled with extradition from other countries.”

The resignation of Dzulkifli Ahmad as the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission was seen as boosting Mahathir’s ability to pursue an investigation into Najib.
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, seen here on May 11, may be facing an investigation over the 1MDB scandal. © Getty Images

“Reshuffle? No reshuffle. It is going to be a new cabinet,” Mahathir corrected a reporter. “Yes, certain heads must fall. Some people were betting on a prime minister whom the world condemns.”

Ahead of the election, the conventional wisdom held that average Malaysians were unconcerned about the 1MDB scandal, in which Najib was alleged to have received more than $680 million amid a $4.5 billion misappropriation of funds. But the scandal — along with Najib’s anti-fake news law, introduced weeks before the election — rankled voters like Faiz Aziz, 25, who voted for the opposition. “The results ring with the majority, who clearly want a change of government,” he said.

During the campaign, Mahathir positioned his Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition as the underdog — a hastily assembled and disparate group lacking financial clout and publicity. But thanks to the effective use of social media, the Alliance of Hope’s popularity swelled almost overnight, attracting millions of followers on various platforms.

In another shrewd move, Mahathir recruited some of the youngest candidates to ever contest a national election, banking on their fresh appeal and the rise of youth voters. Among them was Yeo Bee Yin, 34, an ethnic Chinese opposition lawmaker who won her first-ever federal election in Bakri, Johor.

“I was overwhelmed with my comfortable 60% winning margin,” she said.

After the upset: What Mahathir’s return means for Malaysia
CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer,
GWEN ROBINSON, Nikkei Asian Review chief editor
May 16, 2018 – Nikkei Asian Review


Auditor-General’s 1MDB report made public

Auditor-General’s 1MDB report made public

SINGAPORE (May 21): On May 15, Malaysia’s national audit department announced that a formerly classified report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd had been reclassified as an open document. The audit department commenced its audit of 1MDB on March 10, 2015 using available financial statements from FY2010 ended March 31 to FY2014. The audit department says it was unable to obtain management accounts for FY2015, as well as bank statements from foreign financial institutions.

A summary of the report was published on the audit department’s website. Several other reports, one containing as many as 386 pages, have been circulating. However, the audit department clarified on May 16 that only the summary has been uploaded online.

Below are some of the major findings from the summary, translated from the original document in Bahasa Melayu. Some details differ from the US Department of Justice’s civil complaint; however, the major events tally.

Early events

• 1MDB started out as the Terengganu Investment Authority on Feb 27, 2009. On May 15, it signed an agreement to issue RM5 billion worth of Islamic bonds for its initial capital. Terengganu Inc, the state investment arm and then-owner of TIA, disagreed with the bond issue and asked the CEO to cancel it. When he did not do so, the CEO was removed from the board. However, a new director was appointed and he went ahead with the issue anyway.

• Ownership of TIA was transferred to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on July 31. It was renamed 1MDB on Sept 25.

Investments with PetroSaudi

• On Sept 28, 2009, 1MDB signed a joint-venture agreement to invest US$1 billion for a 40% stake in 1MDB PetroSaudi. PetroSaudi Holdings (Cayman) would hold the remaining 60% and contribute at least US$1.5 billion in assets. This investment decision was made in eight days, with no detailed valuation process and before issues and conditions mentioned by 1MDB’s board had been addressed. A valuation of the assets from PetroSaudi Holdings (Cayman) was commissioned on Sept 29 and delivered by Edward L Morse the same day.

• On Sept 25, PetroSaudi Holdings (Cayman) had purportedly extended a US$700 million loan to 1MDB PetroSaudi. Repayment in full was due on Sept 30. Of 1MDB’s US$1 billion investment, only US$300 million was transferred to 1MDB PetroSaudi. The remaining US$700 million was used to repay the loan, without board approval.

• Six months later, 1MDB exchanged its 40% stake in 1MDB PetroSaudi for US$1.2 billion in Murabaha notes guaranteed by PetroSaudi International. On Sept 14, 2010, 1MDB subscribed for an additional US$500 million in Murabaha notes.

• On June 1, 2012, 1MDB exchanged its notes and the accumulated profits — amounting to US$2.22 billion — for a 49% stake in PetroSaudi Oil Services, a subsidiary of PetroSaudi International. This asset swap arrangement was signed without proper due diligence and before the receipt of board approval. PetroSaudi Oil Services was operating in Venezuelan waters and negatively affected by US sanctions.

• Forty-five days later, 1MDB’s CEO recommended the 49% stake be sold due to the sanctions. It was sold to Bridge Partners International Investment for US$2.22 billion on Sept 12. In exchange, Bridge Partners issued non-interest bearing notes valued at US$2.318 billion to be repaid in one month. The same day, 1MDB’s subsidiary Brazen Sky signed an investment management agreement with Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund SPC and Bridge Partners Investment Management (Cayman) to invest this money. Bridge Global had no asset management licence nor experience managing large sums of money.

Auditor-General’s 1MDB report made public
18 May 2018 – The Edge Singapore


Anwar: Haul from raids on Najib could surpass Marcos’ loot

Anwar: Haul from raids on Najib could surpass Marcos’ loot

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim claims the haul from the police raids on residences linked to former prime minister Najib Razak could surpass the billions recovered from late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda.

“I think we will probably register an impressive record surpassing that of Imelda and the rest,” he was quoted as saying in the Financial Times.

The Marcos family is said to have stolen between US$5 billion to US$10 billion from the Philippines between 1965 and 1986 while in power, with Imelda’s excesses achieving infamy worldwide.

Anwar also told the Financial Times that the scale of the abuse by the previous BN administration was “mind-boggling,” especially since many of their leaders had given speeches about helping the poor during their time in office.

“These guys are quite sick-minded,” he said.

The ongoing raids on Najib’s properties have produced a staggering haul from three condominium units linked to Najib at the Pavilion Residence in Kuala Lumpur.

As many as five police trucks were required to transport the haul comprising 72 bags of cash and 284 boxes of high-end designer handbags.

A report also noted that the police had confiscated more than 100kg of gold bars and an excess of RM100 million in cash from the condominium units, although police have declined to confirm this.

Police began their raids on Wednesday night at Najib’s home in Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur – just a week after BN suffered an unprecedented defeat at the polls – in search of any evidence relevant to their probe into the beleaguered state investment firm 1MDB.

Yesterday, a safe from the home claimed to have been locked for 20 years was cracked by the police, with cash reportedly found inside.

Aside from Najib’s home and the Pavilion Residence condominium units, Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Amar Singh said the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya is also being combed for evidence.

Anwar: Haul from raids on Najib could surpass Marcos’ loot
19 May 2018 – malaysiakini


Malaysia’s Najib: Long Political Career Ending in Disgrace?

Malaysia’s Najib: Long Political Career Ending in Disgrace?

When a dozen police cars showed up in front of the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak late in the afternoon on May 16, it may have finally spelled the end of an audacious nine-year reign as premier and a political career that began in 1976 and now looks like ending in disgrace. According to a Kuala Lumpur source, the primary focus of the investigation is SRC International, a 1Malaysia Development Bhd. subsidiary established in 2011 by Najib to pursue strategic energy investments overseas. It ran into a river of red ink amid scandal. An arrest, the sources say, could be in days or perhaps weeks.

Najib was elected to fill the seat of his late father, Prime Minister Razak Hussein, at the age of 23, becoming the youngest person ever elected to Malaysia’s parliament. Now 64, he has done a tightrope dance for decades away from accusations of a long string of crimes, not least of which is allegedly participating in the theft of a reported US$4.5 billion from the state-backed investment concern that he founded in 2009 with the help of the flamboyant Penang-born financier Low Taek Jho, who remains on the run somewhere on the planet.

In addition to that, however, there is the residue of a US$141.3 million kickback through Najib and his best friend, Abdul Razak Baginda, in the purchase of US$1 billion of French submarines that are virtually useless because Peninsular Malaysia’s waters are too shallow to allow them to be used effectively. The death of 28-year old Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu, reputed to have been a former Najib paramour, has never been properly solved. Two executives of a subsidiary of the French munitions maker DCNS have been charged in Paris with bribing Najib and Razak Baginda has been charged as well.

Also, the family of the late Ambank founder Hussain Najadi, who was shot dead in a Kuala Lumpur parking lot in 2013, is demanding a proper investigation of the death. Pascal Najadi, Hussain’s son, has alleged that the slain banker was killed because he was complaining about irregularities in financial transactions at the bank. It is the same bank where US$681 million alleged to have been stolen from 1MDB ws deposited into Najib’s personal account in 2013. Pascal Najadi has issued a formal plea to Mahathir to reopen the assassination via a royal commission.

With 1MDB, the deposed prime minister has kept investigations at bay in Washington, DC, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK and states in the Middle East, claiming the US$681 million in his Ambank account came from a grateful Saudi royal family grateful for Malaysia’s supposedly tough stance on jihadis.

According to local news reports, four properties of Najib’s were raided including condominiums and the prime ministerial office from which he was ousted in a landslide election on May 9 despite a harsh redistricting designed to keep the opposition at bay. In the end, the Barisan Nasional led by his United Malays National Organization received only 31 percent of the vote, not enough to overcome the political traps he and his lieutenants had set for the Pakatan Harapan opposition headed by his implacable critic, the nonagenarian former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

Najib and his grasping, portly wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been placed on an immigration blacklist to prevent them from fleeing the country. Mohamed Apandi Ali, the attorney general he appointed hurriedly to forestall a threatened prosecution, has also been sacked. A chartered airplane scheduled to take the Najibs out of the country was blocked. It is a long way down for a man who golfed with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and did a grip-and-grin with Obama’s successor Donald Trump.

Malaysia’s Najib: Long Political Career Ending in Disgrace?
John Berthelsen
May 17, 2018 – Asia Sentinel


Dragnet Widens Around Ousted Malaysian Leader Najib Razak

Dragnet Widens Around Ousted Malaysian Leader Najib Razak

On top of the 1MDB probe, investigations to include a 12-year-old murder case and abuse of power allegations

KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia’s new government is taking an aggressive stance with its criminal investigation of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his family, broadening its probes beyond a multibillion-dollar sovereign-wealth fund scandal to include a 12-year-old murder case and abuse of power allegations.

The moves underscore a new commitment to the rule of law in Malaysia, whose voters, angry about corruption, last week threw out Mr. Najib’s long-ruling coalition government. Since taking power, the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad blocked Mr. Najib from flying into exile in Indonesia, put scores of former government officials on no-fly lists and placed others under effective house arrest.

On Friday at 2 a.m., police ended raids of three luxury apartments owned by Mr. Najib’s family, taking away 284 boxes of handbags, including Hermès Birkins, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars each, as well as 72 suitcases containing cash and jewelry, according to police. Assets seized in other raids in recent days included 50 handbags, with brands such as Gucci, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta, as well as Rolex and Patek Philippe watches and cash totaling $157,000, police said. Many Malaysians view the collection of Birkin bags owned by Mr. Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, as a symbol of his regime’s excesses. Police were still attempting to drill into a safe in Mr. Najib’s official Kuala Lumpur residence.

Mr. Najib couldn’t be reached for comment, but people familiar with the thinking in his circle said they believe Mr. Mahathir is ignoring due process. One of the people said Mr. Najib is “being treated in a way unbefitting for a former prime minister.”

Mr. Mahathir has said his priority is probing allegations of corruption at a sovereign-wealth fund that was overseen by Mr. Najib. The fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB, is at the center of global investigations by the U.S. Justice Department and other foreign agencies into allegations that $4.5 billion was stolen and used to buy mansions in the U.S., a superyacht, and to finance a Hollywood film company.

The government on Thursday named members of a task force—mainly bureaucrats and civilians—that will coordinate the work of Malaysian law-enforcement agencies probing the 1MDB scandal. A document drawn up by the task force, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, alleges Mr. Najib abused his role as prime minister to quash earlier attempts to investigate the scandal in July 2015.

The document—a road map for prosecuting the 1MDB affair—alleges Mr. Najib blocked requests by the nation’s anticorruption commission and the central bank to cooperate with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and other foreign agencies. It says Mr. Najib gave false evidence to the attorney general when he said $681 million that entered his personal accounts—money the U.S. Justice Department has said came from 1MDB—was a donation from Saudi Arabia. The attorney general cleared Mr. Najib of wrongdoing. Mr. Najib and the fund have denied wrongdoing and pledged to cooperate with any lawful investigation.

Dragnet Widens Around Ousted Malaysian Leader Najib Razak
By Tom Wright and
Yantoultra Ngui
May 18, 2018 – WSJ


GE14 – A truly Malaysian Tsunami

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP and Member of Parliament for P102 Bangi, on the 17th of May, 2018

GE14 – A truly Malaysian Tsunami

When I returned to Malaysia from the United States after the completion of my PhD in 2010, I made a presentation where I said that the opposition was not likely to win GE13 but would take power in GE14. I must admit that even on the eve of polling day on the 9th of May, 2018, I was not 100% confident that Pakatan Harapan would be able to win a majority of parliament seats in GE14. The delimitation exercise which was bulldozed through parliament in March, the expected three corner fights with PAS, the seeming inability for the opposition to break through in Sarawak and the expected fear mongering by the BN among the Malay voters were the main reasons for my doubts.

What Najib and the BN did not count on was the creation of a Malaysian Tsunami which, to their utter shock and horror, swept the BN out of office, not just at the federal level but also in all of the states with the exception of Perlis and Pahang.[1]

BN’s share of the popular vote in Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak) nosedived by 12.8%, from 46.7% in GE2013 to 33.9% in GE2018 (Table 1 above). To put this figure into context, BN’s vote share in GE2018 was far lower than the 46.2% of the popular vote it (contesting as the Alliance Coalition) managed to win in Peninsular Malaysia in the 1969 general elections, which was already considered a disastrous performance.

Table 1: Share of and Change in Share of Popular Vote in Malaysia (GE2013 vs GE2018)

Pakatan Harapan emerged as the largest coalition with 48.3% of the popular vote. Some analysts have used the fact that PH failed to win a majority of votes to say that PH does not command the support of a majority of supporters in Malaysia. These same analysts also try to lump together the total support for BN and PAS to say that more than 50% of the voters did not support PH in GE2018. This interpretation totally misses the mark. The results of GE2018 was all about the backlash against the BN. 65% of voters voted AGAINST the BN and threw their support behind parties that were NOT the BN. Almost two thirds of voters in the country voted AGAINST the BN because that is how badly they wanted BN out of power at the federal and state levels.

The anti-BN swing was felt in ALL of the states in Malaysia. The largest swing against the BN occurred in Kedah where support for the BN fell by 19.8% from 49.8% in GE2013 to 30% in GE2018. Double digit swings against the BN were also experienced in Selangor, Johor, Perlis, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, Wilayah Persekutuan (KL & Putrajaya), Perak and Terengganu. (Figure 2 below)

In fact, the only state where the BN won more than 50% of the popular vote was in Sarawak, with 52.7% of the popular vote. (Table 2 below)

Unlike in GE2013 where Malay support for the BN actually increased slightly compared to GE2008, there is no question that the Malay voters abandoned the BN in unprecedented numbers. Even many of the civil servants voted against the BN. Tengku Adnan, the former Minister for the Federal Territories, won his Putrajaya seat with only 49.5% of the popular vote in GE2018. This was a seat which he won comfortably in GE2013 with almost 70% of the popular vote.

There is strong evidence to suggest that even the police and army voters abandoned the BN in significant numbers. The four parliament seats with more than 10,000 early voters (mostly police and army voters) were all won by Pakatan Harapan (Table 3 below). Two of these seats – Setiawangsa and Tangga Batu – were won by the BN in 2013. The parliament seat of Lumut was gerrymandered to make it easier for UMNO to win back this seat. 10,000 police voters were moved into the Lembah Pantai parliament seat. Without a significant number of police and army voters NOT supporting the BN (either voting for PAS, PH, spoiling their votes or not casting their vote), PH would not have been able to win these parliament seats.

Table 3: Parliament seats with more than 10,000 early voters all of which were won by PH (GE2018)

In my own constituency of P102 Bangi, out of the 1305 postal votes which were cast (mostly army votes), 471 went to the PAS candidate (36.1%), 409 went to the myself, the PH candidate, (31.1%) and only 299 went to the BN candidate (22.9%). I was shocked when I saw these results. I won’t be surprised if the results in many of the other seats with a high number of postal and early voters also shows that a significant proportion of the army and police votes were cast NOT in support of the BN.

GE14 – A truly Malaysian Tsunami
May 17, 2018 –


Malaysia police seize hundreds of designer handbags from Najib Razak’s flat

Malaysia police seize hundreds of designer handbags from Najib Razak’s flat

Raid at property belonging to the former PM was part of an investigation into his role in the 1MDB scandal

Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes of designer handbags and 72 bags of cash, jewellery and watches from an apartment owned by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, as part of an investigation into his role in the 1MDB scandal.

The police began a search of his properties on Wednesday night and it was still ongoing on Friday morning. The raid on the properties in Kuala Lumpur’s Pavilion residences, where condominiums cost up to 30m ringett ($8m), produced the biggest haul yet, with police seen carting hundreds of orange boxes containing designer Hermes Birkin handbags into five police trucks.

Local media reported that police also emerged with a money counting machine.

Amar Singh, director of police commercial crime investigations, confirmed that a total of six properties had been searched so far. “The total sum worth of items cannot be ascertained now,” Singh told reporters on early Friday morning. “We’ll be counting and will know by tomorrow. He added: “The number of jewellery is rather big.”

The raid is part of a police investigation into Najib’s role in the 1MDB scandal, in which billions of dollars of a government fund went missing and were embezzled around the world, funding yachts, Picasso paintings and Hollywood films. Some $681m of the fund was alleged to have been transferred directly into Najib’s personal bank account, and the 1MDB money also allegedly funded a 22-carat pink diamond necklace, worth $27.3m, for his wife Rosmah Mansor.

Najib was cleared of all wrongdoing while he was in power, but the investigation is widely perceived to have been a farce, and some in his administration have since accused him of covering up the scandal.

The lavish lifestyle of Najib and Rosmah, who is notorious for her love of designer handbags and expensive jewellery, has long been a source of contention in Malaysia. The annual salary of the prime minister is only $70,000, whereas one Birkin handbag can cost up to $300,000. It is also a stark contrast to the frugal lifestyle of the newly elected prime minister, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, who was recently spotted going about his official duties in sandals costing $4.

Najib’s large family home in an affluent neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur was also part of the raid, with the road to his house cordoned off.

Malaysia police seize hundreds of designer handbags from Najib Razak’s flat
18 May 2018 – The Guardian


MACC said to consider probing Najib for abuse of power

MACC said to consider probing Najib for abuse of power

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s government is considering investigating former leader Datuk Seri Najib Razak for abuse of power, as it intensifies efforts to seek evidence on wrongdoing at scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB just days after taking office.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission laid out in recent days a comprehensive list detailing the potential scope of investigations into 1MDB, according to people who have seen the document. Examples of potential abuse of power by Najib that the agency identified include witness suppression and the blocking of a central bank criminal case.

Najib had indicated at the outset that he was “prepared and willing to extend his fullest cooperation to the relevant authorities,” his lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal said in a statement yesterday in response to a raid on his client’s home. A spokesman for Najib referred Bloomberg News to this statement when asked for comment. A spokesperson for the anti-graft agency couldn’t immediately comment when reached today.

The move to lay out the scope of a renewed probe underscores how fast Mahathir’s government is moving to revive an investigation into 1MDB, which was set up in 2009 under Najib’s watch to support local infrastructure projects. Since the 92-year old defeated Najib’s government in a shock election victory last week, he has barred his former protege from leaving the country; and police have searched Najib’s home and seized documents from his former office this week.

Mahathir said Wednesday he will seek to recover funds diverted from 1MDB by reaching out to authorities in Switzerland, the US, Singapore and other jurisdictions. A parliamentary committee in 2016 identified at least US$4.2 billion (RM16.7 billion) in irregular transactions by the fund.

Mahathir, who was Najib’s long-term ally and who is back in power after a prior stint as premier from 1981 to 2003, accused him on the campaign trail of being a “thief” over alleged graft at 1MDB. Najib has denied any wrongdoing and was cleared by the attorney general at the time, while the fund has repeatedly denied any misconduct.

The 1MDB scandal spawned global probes as investigators tracked a money trail stretching from Switzerland to Singapore and the US Department of Justice alleges that US$3.5 billion from the fund went missing. — Bloomberg

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18 May 2018 – MMO


Astounding! Condo search nets 284 luxury handbags, 72 bags of cash, jewellery

Astounding! Condo search nets 284 luxury handbags, 72 bags of cash, jewellery

ASTONISHING HAUL! Seventy-two bags of cash and jewellery as well as 284 boxes of high-end designer handbags.

These make up the list of items seized by the police from two condominium units linked to former premier Najib Abdul Razak in the upmarket Pavillion Residence in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

The haul was so enormous that Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department director Amar Singh Ishar Singh could not provide an estimate of the value.

He told reporters that the items were seized in connection with the ongoing police investigations into the 1MDB scandal.

“This is the result of our search in one of six premises.

“There were 72 luggage bags filled with items including jewellery, other valuables and cash of various denominations,” he said.

All the seized items were earlier taken down using shopping trolleys, and loaded onto five police trucks, which left the scene at around 2.15am.

Quizzed on details of the handbags, Amar said it included luxury brands Hermes and Birkin.

When asked on the value of items seized so far, Amar said he was unable to provide an estimate as police have yet to make their detailed calculations.

“We have seized the bags. We know they contain cash and jewellery.

“Exactly how much cash I will not be able to say or exactly how much jewellery.

“But the number of jewellery is rather big,” he added.

As for the owners of the units involved, Amar only said one of the units belonged to a “Tan Sri” and declined to reveal further details.

Amar also added that the police have completed their search of the luxury units here.

Astounding! Condo search nets 284 luxury handbags, 72 bags of cash, jewellery
18 May 2018 – malaysiakini

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