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14
Mar
20

STOP Legitimizing this unelected government

Stop Legitimizing this unelected government

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTI-CORRUPTION RHETORIC WILL NEVER PURIFY THE UNELECTED PAKATAN NASIONAL GOVERNMENT

The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) has watched in disbelief the political turmoil in the country and registers its utter abhorrence at the formation of the unelected government of Perikatan Nasional (PN) through an outright power grab.

If there is one thing to sum up the treachery that has unfolded, it must be that this entire internal power struggle is a direct assault on genuine democracy which squarely places the source of all power and sovereignty in the hands of the people, and never the political elites.

It bears reminding that this unelected government came about with the collusion of forces that lost the last general elections because of entrenched grand corruption, abuse of power, and bigotry. The internal coup had conveniently paved the way for these very parties and their dark horses to seize power from the people by trampling on the mandate given in the last general election. All of this was of course done in a clandestine manner, keeping everyone in the dark, causing massive levels of betrayal and mistrust by the people.

It is impossible of course for an unelected government to have a manifesto that is endorsed by the people of this country. We do not expect one, as the mandate to govern was never endorsed by the voters. The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says “give us a chance”. What chance, we ask?

The heavy rhetoric around leading a clean government through anti-corruption policies such as asset declaration, sounds awkward, as the very cabinet members appointed into the PN government, have gone on record to resist declaring their assets during Pakatan Harapan (PH) reign of power.

Do we believe their earnestness over this? C4 Center believes that Muhyiddin is trying to ease the anger of many, and such pledges are thrown around to put wool over Malaysians’ eyes. If this unelected government was genuine about leading a clean government, why form themselves through such a clandestine manner, usurping people’s power and even worse delaying parliamentary sessions from being held to rectify the country’s woeful political situation? It is, therefore, our responsibility to keep reminding ourselves not to normalize this blatant seizure of the people’s mandate.

Horse Trading And “Buying of MPs”?

Could the delay in convening Parliament by almost two months to the 18th of May, be an attempt to buy time for the unelected government to stabilize and strengthen its power? The highly probable horse-trading which started a few weeks ago behind the scenes sought to gain majority power displayed how politicians could be easily bought and had no problem abandoning the promises they had previously made for their constituencies and the people. We have urged last week, that the MACC initiates investigations on the possible horse-trading that took place a few weeks ago. Has that taken place?

We are further terribly disturbed that while UMNO had found its way back in power, several cabinet ministers appointed into PN were silent and indeed complicit to then Prime Minister Najib Razak’s grand corruption scandals, namely on the 1MDB and SRC. How would the Rakyat have any shred of confidence that these anti-corruption pledges made by Muhyiddin is nothing but empty rhetoric?

More appointments astound us. For example Dato’ Hajah Hanifah Hajar Taib who is the youngest daughter of the former Chief Minister and current governor of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud is among the controversial politicians appointed to the Cabinet. Her family members including herself are the major shareholders of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), notorious for capitalising on Taib’s position to scrape off lucrative state contracts such as the construction of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly building, the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching’s Darul Hana, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the Pan Borneo Highway.

The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein allegedly is involved in the corruption case when he was heading the then defence ministry (Mindef). Mindef paid RM300 million for six MD530G light scout attack helicopters through direct negotiations and the deal was spared from value management checks. The helicopters were never delivered to the Royal Malaysian Army. The proposal was approved Najib Razak, the then Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

Our new Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man tried to defend the logging in Kelantan by excusing the state with the MS ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2012. However, the certification that was given for sustainable logging had since expired in 2016. Kelantan’s Certificate for Forest Management was revoked by Sirim QAS International Sdn Bhd in 2016 as well. Are we heading for deforestation or sustainable forestry with the new Environment Minister in town?

What about our new finance minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, the chief executive of Malaysian banking group CIMB? He is talented for sure but maybe on the musical side as he showed his talent off as one of the Chief Executives in a politically motivated music video. Dubbed “Hebat Negaraku”, it sings endless praises for Najib Razak. Zafrul was part of the CIMB team when Nazir Razak, the Chairman of CIMB and brother of Najib Razak, was exposed of dispensing RM29 million in support of Najib Razak in the 2013 General Election.

It pains to witness the changes that have smoked out many anti-corruption reforms that have been initiated over the last two years.

Divisive Race-based Politics

Muhyiddin has proudly announced that he is a Malay first and Malaysian second. In this multi-cultural and multi-religious country, Malaysia, it signals that non-Malay votes do not count; it is simply unimportant. Non-Malays who have a long history in Malaysia including fighting for the independence of the country has unfortunately been relegated to an inferior position.

It’s clear that the political manoeuvring was initiated to accommodate and pave way for political forces that will do anything to advance race-based politics which is needed to ensure the political elites stay and remain in power.

Demands

In light of Malaysia’s harrowing political reality, we demand:

  1. To all Malaysians, stop legitimizing this unelected government, we must never be taken for fools that things are “normal” and can be normalised;
  2. To those whose MPs who have betrayed them and were involved in the power struggle, we urge the voters to flood their service centers with protest notes and letters, head over to the centers and demand your rightful explanations from them for betraying your trust;
  3. To MACC, investigate impartially horse-trading allegations, movement of money to buy MPs. C4 hopes to work with the MACC and other institutions to strengthen the need for accountability from politicians;
  4. To MPs who are being approached to cross over, please be courageous enough to withstand it and report it publicly. That is the only way we can curb money politics; and
  5. To PH, we trust that the lessons from being in government will ensure you work closely with the people to live out your manifesto and reforms.

Over and above the fears of COVID-19, and in this state of political upheaval, we urge that we the people remain steadfast and strong, and push for democracy to be returned to our shores.

Released by:
Cynthia Gabriel
Founding Director, C4 Center

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Stop Legitimizing this unelected government
PRESS STATEMENT
14 MARCH 2020 – C4 Center

12
Mar
20

Don’t expect much from this Ketuanan Melayu cabinet

A Ketuanan Melayu cabinet

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin now has a cabinet. For non-Malays, it represents the most regressive cabinet we’ve ever had, a cabinet premised upon the idea that non-Malays don’t count, don’t deserve to participate in the governance of this nation. Muhyiddin used his coup to nullify the non-Malay vote; now he has used his cabinet to silence their voice.

His cabinet is the ultimate Ketuanan Melayu cabinet. Out of 70 ministers and deputy ministers, there are only two non-bumiputra ministers and five deputy ministers, the lowest representation in terms of percentage we’ve ever seen. Every other prime minister, whatever their own prejudices, felt obliged to take into account the fact that Chinese and Indians are a significant minority in Malaysia and must be acknowledged via adequate representation in cabinet. Muhyiddin has now dispensed with this.

Right-wing Malay politicians have long been unhappy with the post-independence construct that shared power with all of Malaysia’s ethnic groups. After GE14, when for the first time, a fairer political representation emerged, they were determined to stop any move towards shared governance.

The narrative that Malaysia is for Malays and that Islam does not permit non-Muslims to hold senior positions in the administration of the country took on a life of its own. It also found expression in rumblings that the DAP was controlling the government and undermining Malay institutions like Felda and Tabong Haji, that Christians were trying to change the official religion of the country and that non-Malay terrorist groups like the communist and LTTE were trying to subvert the nation. It was all rubbish, of course, but it served its purpose.

The message was clear: other than a token representation, non-Malays should have no political role in the governance of the nation. They are interlopers and pendatangs, here by an accident of history, less Malaysian than Malays.

Muhyiddin – who in Trumpian fashion once described himself as Malay first, Malaysian second – has now given the Ketuanan Melayu crowd what they’ve always wanted, a cabinet overwhelmingly dominated by Malays.

Of course, the likes of Wee Ka Siong and Saravanan and a small clutch of other MCA and MIC members are part of the cabinet but let’s face it, they are there as window-dressing, a ruse to mislead the public into believing that this is somehow a multiracial cabinet.

In any case, how can two political parties which were overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate speak for them?

No doubt the MCA and MIC are hoping that their return to cabinet would usher in a new beginning. With scraps from Muhyiddin’s table perhaps they think they can rebuild their political fortunes. They should have no illusions as to just how despised they are. By going along with Muhyiddin’s fake multiracial government, they have once again betrayed the aspirations of Malaysians; sooner or later they will feel the wrath of the people.

In the meantime, don’t expect much from this cabinet especially given the huge economic uncertainties we now face – the coronavirus pandemic, falling oil prices (and government revenue), declining investments, and a prolonged global slowdown. All we’ll get from them is more of the same failed old policies that have kept us trapped within the wells of racism and religious extremism.

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A Ketuanan Melayu cabinet
Mar 2020 – dennisignatius.com
Posted by Dennis Ignatius in Malaysia, Politics

11
Mar
20

Sri Ram to continue prosecuting high-profile cases

New AG Idrus gives Sri Ram mandate to continue prosecuting high-profile cases

KUALA LUMPUR (March 9): Newly appointed Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun has given the mandate to former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who is also senior deputy public prosecutor (DPP), to continue prosecuting four high-profile cases.

The four include former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, Najib and former 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s joint 1MDB audit tampering case, and Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s graft trial.

The fourth case, which has yet to start, is Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s money laundering case.

Sri Ram when contacted confirmed with theedgemarkets.com that he has received the mandate from the new AG.

He, however, declined to reveal further details.

There have been ongoing questions regarding the present prosecution in these cases following Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s appointment as the eighth Prime Minister.

In those cases, Sri Ram has been appointed senior DPP.

Idrus was appointed last Friday as the new AG, replacing Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, who resigned late last month before his two-year contract starting July 2018 expired.

Thomas resigned following the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He tendered his resignation to Dr Mahathir, who had appointed him, replacing his predecessor Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

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New AG Idrus gives Sri Ram mandate to continue prosecuting high-profile cases
March 09, 2020 – theedgemarkets.com

10
Mar
20

Cabinet of the backdoor govt

Cabinet

08
Mar
20

Hadi Awang is either a simpleton or unprincipled trying to mislead

Patriot chief lambasts Hadi – ‘either a simpleton or unprincipled’

Veterans’ group Patriot has taken PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to task for his contention that those pushing for a vote of no confidence against newly-appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin do not trust the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

“This reveals two distinctive characteristics of him. He is either a simpleton, ignorant of the UK Westminster construct of our parliamentary monarchy system; or one who is unprincipled and trying to mislead the rural masses so as to capture their political support,” said Patriot president Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji in a statement today.

The Patriot chief went on to say that either way Hadi (photo) was unfit to be deputy prime minister – “if that is what he is secretly yearning for”.

“Patriot has stated previously that the new prime minister and the newly formed coalition, Perikatan Nasional, must prove their legitimacy in Parliament,” he said.

Patriot said that the Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah had adjudged that Muhyiddin had the most support during the recent political turmoil.

Hence, testing for majority support with a vote of confidence (or defeating the no-confidence vote) at the quickest possible time, is the best way forward, Mohamed Arshad said.

“Calling for a no-confidence vote does not imply any distrust towards the Agong. In fact, it upholds democratic principles and even strengthens the institutions of government.

“Hadi was not honest and mischievous when he suggested as such. He is parochially selective in interpreting society norms in his own way without deeper thoughts.

“He is no scholar, but no doubt a shrewd politician,” said Arshad, adding that Patriot stood against politicians capitalising on ethno-religious sentiment.

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Patriot chief lambasts Hadi – ‘either a simpleton or unprincipled’
7 March 2020 – Malaysiakini

12
Nov
19

High Court orders Najib to enter defence in SRC case

High Court orders Najib to enter defence in SRC case

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 11): Once Malaysia’s highest ranking politician, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has today been ordered by the High Court to enter his defence for the three criminal breach of trust, an abuse of power and three money laundering charges involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali in his decision found the prosecution has proven a prima facie case against the former premier.

The prosecution is led by Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, appointed deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Datuk V Sithambaram, deputy head of the criminal division AG’s Chambers Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusof, Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim and other DPPs.

Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah along with lawyers Harvinderjit Singh, Farhan Read and others appeared for Najib.

Najib is charged with abuse of power under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission of using his position as the prime minister and Finance Minister to commit bribery involving RM42 million when he participated in or was involved in a decision on behalf of the Malaysian government to provide government guarantees for loans from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) to SRC International amounting to RM4 billion.

He is alleged to have committed the offence at the Prime Minister’s Office, Precinct 1, Putrajaya, Federal Territory of Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011 and Feb 8, 2012. If convicted he can face a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount or value received or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

The Pekan MP and former Umno president also faces three criminal breach of trust charges as the PM and finance minister and adviser emeritus to SRC, and in those capacities entrusted with the control of funds belonging to SRC totalling RM4 billion, having committed CBT to the sum of RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million.

All three offences under Section 409 of the Penal Code are allegedly carried out between Dec 24, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015 at AmBank Jalan Raja Chulan.

For CBT, the 66-year-old former is liable to a maximum of 20 years in jail, whipping and a fine if convicted. However, due to his age, the whipping would not be imposed.

With regard to money laundering, Najib is alleged to have received RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million respectively, which were proceeds from unlawful activities via Real Time Electronic Transfer of Funds and Securities (Rentas) into two AmIslamic Bank Bhd accounts of his, bearing the numbers 2112022011880 and 2112022011906 at AmIslamic Bank Bhd, AmBank Group Building, 55 Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur between Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.

If convicted, he stands to face a maximum of 15 years in jail, and a fine of up to RM5 million or five times the amount, whichever is higher, for each charge under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activity 2001.

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High Court orders Najib to enter defence in SRC case
November 11, 2019 – theedgemarkets.com

01
Nov
19

Recovery of US$1 billion in assets associated with the 1MDB scandal by the US

United States Reaches Settlement to Recover More Than $700 Million in Assets Allegedly Traceable to Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture cases against assets acquired by Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, and his family using funds allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and laundered through financial institutions in several jurisdictions, including the United States, Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg.

These assets, located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, are estimated to be worth more than $700 million. With the conclusion of this settlement, together with the prior disposition of other related forfeiture cases, the United States will have recovered or assisted in the recovery of more than $1 billion in assets associated with the 1MDB international money laundering and bribery scheme. This represents the largest recovery to date under the Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative and the largest civil forfeiture ever concluded by the Justice Department.

“As alleged in the complaints, Jho Low and others, including officials in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, engaged in a brazen multi-year conspiracy to launder money embezzled or otherwise misappropriated from 1MDB, and he used those funds, among other things, to engage in extravagant spending sprees, acquiring one-of-kind artwork and luxury real estate, gambling freely at casinos, and propping up his lavish lifestyle,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This settlement agreement forces Low and his family to relinquish hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains that were intended to be used for the benefit of the Malaysian people, and it sends a signal that the United States will not be a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption.”

“A staggering amount of money embezzled from 1MDB at the expense of the people of Malaysia was laundered through the purchase of big-ticket assets in the U.S. and other nations. Thanks to this settlement, one of the men allegedly at the center of this massive scheme will lose all access to hundreds of millions of dollars,” said U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California. “The message in this case is simple: the United States is not a safe haven for pilfered funds. Our strict anti-money laundering controls are effective, and we will seize assets used by criminals to conceal ill-gotten gains.”

“Today’s settlement with Jho Low demonstrates the continued commitment of the FBI to root out the fraud and selfishness of the corrupt individuals who conspired to pay bribes and launder funds which belong to the Malaysian people,” said FBI Assistant Director Terry Wade of the Criminal Investigative Division. “The FBI’s dedicated International Corruption Squads will continue to combat foreign corruption which reaches our shores. We will not allow criminals, foreign or domestic, to use the United States in furtherance of their criminal activities.”

“The action announced today will allow the United States government to deny Mr. Low the use of the assets purchased with this extraordinarily large sum of money he allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB and the people of Malaysia,” said Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI). “Mr. Low allegedly attempted to launder these funds through multiple international jurisdictions and a web of shell corporations, but his greed finally caught up with him. This case is a model for international cooperation in significant cross-border money laundering investigations”

According to the civil forfeiture complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $4.5 billion in funds belonging to 1MDB were allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates, including Low, through a criminal conspiracy involving international money laundering and bribery. 1MDB was created by the government of Malaysia to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and its funds were intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people.

Under the terms of the settlement, Low, his family members, and FFP, a Cayman Islands entity serving as the trustees overseeing the assets at issue in these forfeiture actions, agreed to forfeit all assets subject to pending forfeiture complaints in which they have a potential interest. The trustees are also required to cooperate and assist the Justice Department in the orderly transfer, management and disposition of the relevant assets. From the assets formerly managed by FFP, the United States will release $15 million to Low’s counsel to pay for legal fees and costs. Under the agreement, none of those fees may be returned to Low or his family members. The assets subject to the settlement agreement include high-end real estate in Beverly Hills, New York and London; a luxury boutique hotel in Beverly Hills; and tens of millions of dollars in business investments that Low allegedly made with funds traceable to misappropriated 1MDB monies.

Low separately faces charges in the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB and for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to various Malaysian and Emirati officials, and in the District of Columbia for conspiring to make and conceal foreign and conduit campaign contributions during the United States presidential election in 2012. The charges in the indictments are merely allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. This agreement does not release any entity or individual from filed or potential criminal charges.

The assets being forfeited subject to this settlement are in addition to the nearly $140 million in assets the U.S. previously forfeited in connection with Low’s investment in a business entity related to the Park Lane Hotel in New York, as well as a super-yacht, valued at over $120 million, seized by law enforcement authorities in Indonesia at the request of the Justice Department and recovered by Malaysian authorities directly from Indonesia. Following conclusion of today’s settlement, several civil forfeiture complaints arising out of the 1MDB criminal conspiracy remain pending against assets associated with other alleged co-conspirators.

The FBI’s International Corruption Squads in New York City and Los Angeles and the IRS-CI are investigating the case. Deputy Chief Woo S. Lee and Trial Attorneys Kyle R. Freeny, Joshua L. Sohn, Barbara Levy and Jonathan Baum of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Kucera, Michael R. Sew Hoy and Steven R. Welk of the Central District of California are prosecuting the case. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs is providing substantial assistance.

The Department also appreciates the significant assistance provided by the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia, the Royal Malaysian Police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney General’s Chambers of Singapore, the Singapore Police Force-Commercial Affairs Division, the Office of the Attorney General and the Federal Office of Justice of Switzerland, the judicial investigating authority of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Criminal Investigation Department of the Grand-Ducal Police of Luxembourg.

The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is led by a team of dedicated prosecutors in the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, in partnership with federal law enforcement agencies, and often with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, to forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered assets to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office. In 2015, the FBI formed International Corruption Squads across the country to address national and international implications of foreign corruption. Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the U.S. should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail) or https://tips.fbi.gov/.

A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the United States.

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United States Reaches Settlement to Recover More Than $700 Million in Assets Allegedly Traceable to Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund
October 30, 2019 – DOJ




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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
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